Gianluca Vialli died: what he was sick with and his struggle

Friday, 06/01/2023
Andrew Navarro
Close-up of Gianluca Vialli

He had been ill for some years and struggled daily, but unfortunately the dreaded news finally arrived: Gianluca Vialli is dead.

A few days ago he had stopped working as head of delegation of the Italian national team of football that he drove together with Roberto Mancini ed he had been hospitalised at a clinic in London, joined by his 87-year-old mother.

What was Gianluca Vialli sick with

A serious pancreatic cancer, one of the “baddest” tumors since it evolves with a speed impressive. If not diagnosed in time can lead to death in a few monthseven less than 6.

But Vialli was strong, Vialli was a fighter and he even got his diagnosis in 2017 carrying on a very tough battle against the disease, which only defeated him today in 2023, 6 years later.

More than 6 months.

The fight against cancer

A tumor which, as already mentioned, evolves with an impressive rapidity, therefore the early diagnosis. Yet Gianluca fought for 6 years and only a few days after his death he declared

At the end of a long and difficult 'negotiation' with my wonderful team of oncologists, I decided to suspend, hopefully temporarily, my present and future professional commitments

Gianluca vialli

Dies alone 58 years, leaves behind two daughters and wife Cathrin.

The career of Gianluca Vialli

A player of all prominence, a real talent.
Gianluca has played and coached various teams, among these he has played for:

  • Cremonese (from 1981 to 1984),
  • Sampdoria (from 1984 to 1992),
  • Juventus (from 1992 to 1996)
  • Chelsea (1996 to 1999)

He played for the Italian national team from 1985 to 1992 with 59 appearances and 16 goals, including Italy in the 90s.

As a coach he coached:

  • Chelsea (1998 to 2000)
  • Watford (2001/2002)
Image source: Instagram Gianluca Vialli

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