Gianluca Vialli, Former Italy Striker, Dies At 58


Gianluca Vialli won the Champions League with Juventus before joining Chelsea in 1996.© AFP

Former Juventus, Chelsea and Italy striker Gianluca Vialli has died of pancreatic cancer aged 58, his former club Sampdoria announced on Friday. Vialli was diagnosed with cancer in 2017 but was still able to play a key role in Italy’s European Championship title-winning campaign in 2021, assisting long-time Sampdoria strike partner and national coach. Roberto manchini

Genoa-based Sampdoria said in their statement, “We have come a long way together, growing and exploring, conquering and dreaming. You came as a boy, we greet you as a man.”

He made his name at Sampdoria in eight seasons, winning the Serie A title and the European Cup Winners’ Cup before joining Juventus in 1992, for a then world record €16.5 million.

He won the Champions League with Juventus before joining Chelsea in 1996 and becoming player-manager in 1998.

Vialli took over from the sacked Ruud Gullit at the end of the season and led Chelsea to victory in the League Cup, UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and UEFA Super Cup.

He also guided Chelsea to victory in the 2000 FA Cup Final but was sacked the following season.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is generated automatically from a syndicated feed.)

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