Gianluca Vialli, a former striker for Juventus, Chelsea, and Italy, passed away on Friday at the age of 58 from pancreatic cancer, according to his previous teams.
Despite receiving a cancer diagnosis in 2017, Vialli was still able to contribute significantly to Italy’s successful 2021 campaign at the European Championship, helping longtime Sampdoria strike partner and national coach Roberto Mancini.
When he revealed in December that he would be taking a short break from his responsibilities with the national team to focus on his health, things did not seem good.
Before joining Juventus in 1992 for a then-world record €16.5 million, Vialli played for Sampdoria in Genoa for eight seasons.
Before joining Chelsea in 1996 and taking on the role of player-manager in 1998, he won the Champions League while playing for Juventus.
Late in the season, Vialli took over for the fired Ruud Gullit, and he later helped Chelsea win the League Cup, UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, and UEFA Super Cup.
Additionally, he led Chelsea to victory in the FA Cup final in 2000 before being fired the following year.