Former star Italy striker Gianluca Vialli dies at 58, leaving a wife and two daughters.
He was the son of a wealthy industrialist that came to limelight as a young player with his local team Cremonese in Italy’s third and second tiers.
Vialli started his club career at Cremonese in 1980 in his native Italy where he made 105 league appearances scoring 23 goals. His performances impressed Sampdoria who signed him in 1984, during which time he scored 85 league goals, won three Italian cups, the Serie A and the European Cup Winners Cup. Vialli transferred to Juventus for a world record £12.5 million in 1992.
Vialli said in a Netflix documentary aired in March 2022 that “I know that I probably will not die of old age, I hope to live as long as possible, but feel much more fragile than before”.
He described cancer as “a travel companion” that he hoped would eventually leave him in peace, after testing his mettle. “Illness can teach a lot about who you are, and can push you to go beyond the superficial way in which we live,” he added.Follow us on social media