Vialli received a pancreatic cancer diagnosis in 2017, but after claiming to be in the clear in April 2020, he received another diagnosis in 2021.
In December, he declared that he will take a brief break from his position with Italy’s national team to concentrate on his health.
“Gianluca was a splendid person and he leaves a void that cannot be filled,” said Italian Football Federation President, Gabriele Gravina.
“I hoped until the end that he would be able to perform another miracle. Yet I am comforted by the certainty that what he did for Italian football and the blue shirt will never be forgotten,” he added.
Vialli made his international debut for Italy in 1985, one year after joining Sampdoria, where he later won the Serie A championship and the European Cup Winners’ Cup over the course of eight seasons. He went on to play 59 times for his country.
Ajax defeated Sampdoria in the 1992 European Cup final, which he also assisted the team in reaching. He joined Juventus for a then-record-breaking £12 million. Vialli played for Juventus for four seasons, winning the Serie A, UEFA Cup, and Champions League.
In 1996, he made a free transfer to Chelsea, and in 1998, he was promoted to player manager.
After replacing the fired Ruud Gullit late in the season, Vialli became the first Italian manager of a Premier League team. He then led the Blues to victories in the League Cup, UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, and UEFA Super Cup.
He also led Chelsea to victories in the Charity Shield and FA Cup finals in 2000, but he was fired early the following year after a shaky start.
Gianluca Vialli, a former Chelsea striker and manager, passed away at the age of 58.
During the 2001–02 season, the striker also had a brief stint at Watford, who were then in the second division, but he was released after the Hornets only finished 14th.
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