Gianluca Vialli, 58, a striker for Chelsea and Italy and ex-Italian international, passed away. Let’s see what happened to him and his illness in detail.
What happened to Gianluca Vialli?
The Italian Football Federation has confirmed that former Chelsea and Italy striker Gianluca Vialli passed away at the age of 58 after a protracted battle with pancreatic cancer. Between 1996 and 1999, the Italian, who also served as the club’s manager, scored 40 goals in 88 appearances.
Gianluca Vialli cause of death
Gianluca Vialli cause of death was revealed and he passed away from pancreatic cancer complications. After a glittering playing career, Vialli went on to have great success as Chelsea’s manager. He was initially diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2017 and announced in 2020 that he had been given the all-clear following treatment at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London.
He received a second diagnosis of the illness in 2021, and he decided to resign as head of the delegation for Italy’s national team public this month.
Before Christmas, the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera claimed that his mother Maria Teresa, who is 87 years old, and brother Nino had traveled to be with Vialli in a London hospital.
Health Condition worsened
Gianluca Vialli’s health has reportedly worsened as he battles cancer for a second time in a London hospital. The former Italy and Chelsea striker was first diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2017 and then for the second time in 2021, shortly after Italy’s Euro 2020 triumph.
He left his role as a coach with Italy last week, citing his need to undergo treatment for the disease. However, reports in Italian media claim his condition has worsened in recent days, and his mother and brother have both traveled to London to be by his side. Former Chelsea captain John Terry and Valli’s Italy teammate Antonio Cabrini are among players who have sent their wishes via social media.
A Remarkable Career
Gianluca Vialli Commendatore OMRI was an Italian manager and former striker who played football. He died on January 6, 2023, and his Italian name is [danluka vjalli, vi-].
He entered management, and punditry, and worked as a commentator for Sky Sport Italia after he retired from playing. Also, he served as the delegation chief for the Italian national team’s non-playing personnel, but due to his ongoing cancer treatment, he resigned from this position. In his home Italy, Vialli began his club career in 1980 at Cremonese, where he made 105 league games while tallying 23 goals.
Sampdoria acquired him in 1984 after being impressed by his exploits. He went on to score 85 league goals, and win three Italian championships, the Serie A, and the European Cup Winners Cup.
In 1992, Vialli moved to Juventus for a then-record $12.5 million. He won the Italian Cup, Serie A, Italian Supercup, UEFA Champions League, and the UEFA Cup during this time. Vialli joined Chelsea in 1996, and the following year he was named the team’s player-manager. He was the FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Cup Winners Cup, and UEFA Super Cup winner in England.
Vialli is one of nine football players—and the only forward—to have won all three of the major European club competitions. He is also the only player in the annals of European football to have won both the winner’s and runner-up medals in all three of the major European club competitions, as well as two winners’ medals for the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup.
Vialli participated in two FIFA World Cups for Italy on home soil, in 1986 and 1990. He participated in UEFA Euro 1988 and led his country to a semi-final finish. He was chosen for the tournament’s all-star team.
Vialli scored 286 goals in more than 500 appearances over the course of his 20-year professional football career, including 259 goals at the club level, 16 goals for Italy at the international level, and 11 goals with the national under-21 team. This makes him the tenth-highest scorer in Italian history across all competitions.
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Tributes poured in for Gianluca Vialli
RIP, what a team it was 91 Sampdoria, Him Mancini Lombardo Katanec Cerezo Vierchowood Pagliuca under Boskov against all the odds, respect
Nedu WS Pondz
Since Arsenal went top of the Premier League Table, Queen Elizabeth died, Pele died, Pope died now is Gianluca again. God save us from the hand of Arsenal
RIP Vialli, you were someone I always respected, even tho I’m a Hammers fan. Saw some great pictures of you and Di Canio in his autobiography. You’ll be missed
MZEE TOLDO QURY
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, and a real man appreciated by everyone in football and outside the sports world. Thoughts go out to his family. RIP, Gianluca
We will not forget your goals, your legendary reversals the joy and emotion you gave to the whole Nation in that hug with Mancini after the European victory. But above all, we won’t forget the man. To God Gianluca Vialli, Lion King on the field and in life.
The Coaches’ Voice
RIP Gianluca Vialli, who has sadly died at 58 following a battle with cancer. Vialli won the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup as Chelsea manager, and most recently was part of the coaching staff that, under Roberto Mancini, guided Italy to glory at Euro 2020.
You’ll be missed by so many. A legend to us and to all of football.
Rest in peace, Gianluca Vialli. 💙 pic.twitter.com/mNJPDkCSYO
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 6, 2023
Former Chelsea and Italy striker Gianluca Vialli has died aged 58 from pancreatic cancer pic.twitter.com/AIO9c9WSgT
— B/R Football (@brfootball) January 6, 2023
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