Italy and Chelsea legend Gianluca Vialli has died at the age of 58, five years after first being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Newsbreak.ng reports that Vialli left his role as a coach with Italy in December, citing his need to undergo treatment for pancreatic cancer; the former Italy and Chelsea striker was diagnosed with the disease for a second time in 2021, after first being treated for the illness in 2017.
Vialli played for Cremonese, Sampdoria, and Juventus before joining Chelsea in 1996.
Italian legend Gianluca Vialli has sadly passed away at the age of 58, after his brave battle with cancer.
A kind guy, a fantastic striker, a real man appreciated by everyone in football and outside sports world.
Thoughts go out to his family.
RIP, Gianluca 🕊️ pic.twitter.com/I0CcqWNzaM
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 6, 2023
Italian legend Gianluca Vialli has passed away after a long fight with cancer 🙏❤️ pic.twitter.com/NYSbJOEzlw
— 433 (@433) January 6, 2023
He also played 59 times for Italy, scoring 16 goals, and had most recently been the national side’s head of delegation.
The deceased leaves behind his wife Cathryne White Cooper and their two daughters Olivia and Sofia.
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