Gianluca Vialli, a former manager and forward for Chelsea who made 59 appearances for Italy, passed away at the age of 58. He received a pancreatic cancer diagnosis in 2017, but claimed to be in the clear in April 2020.
In order to concentrate on his health, Vialli abandoned a position with Italy’s national team in December 2022 after receiving a re-diagnosis. Gianluca was a wonderful person, and he leaves a vacuum that cannot be filled, according to Gabriele Gravina, head of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC).
“I held out until the very end for him to work another miracle. But knowing that what he done for Italian football and the blue shirt will never be forgotten gives me comfort.” The FIGC confirmed that a minute’s silence in memory of Vialli will be held before all Italian matches this weekend.
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