Gianluca Vialli loses battle with cancer

Former Italian soccer star Gianluca Vialli is dead. He died at the age of 58 from complications from cancer. This was confirmed by the Italian association on Friday morning.

Vialli had been ill for a long time, but he was still working as an assistant coach to his friend Roberto Mancini for the Italian national team at EURO 2020.

Italy’s federation president Gabriele Gravina said in a first statement: “I am deeply saddened because I hoped until the end that he could still perform a miracle. But I am comforted by the knowledge that what he can do for Italian football and for the jersey of the Azzurri did will never be forgotten.”

“Gianluca was a wonderful person and leaves an unbridgeable gap, in the national team and for everyone who appreciated his extraordinary human qualities,” Gravina continued.

Vialli was one of the best strikers in the world in the 1990s. He sensationally scored Sampdoria Genoa to win the Serie A title in 1991 and captained the last Juventus side to win the Champions League. He also played for Chelsea FC, which he coached to win the League Cup.

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