Chelsea led the tributes to former participant and supervisor Gianluca Vialli after his loss of life on the age of 58, describing him as “a legend to us and to all of football.”
Vialli had just lately been working with the Italian nationwide group however took a step again from his duties when his well being worsened, as he battled a second bout of pancreatic most cancers.
The former striker performed for Chelsea between 1996-1999 earlier than then changing to a player-manager after which full-time boss, turning into the primary Italian to handle within the Premier League.
He received two FA Cups, the League Cup and UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup throughout his time at Stamford Bridge and was a agency fan favorite with Blues supporters.
After information of his passing surfaced, Chelsea tweeted: “You’ll be missed by so many. A legend to us and to all of football.
“Rest in peace, Gianluca Vialli.”
Vialli, after departing Chelsea in 2000, went on to educate Watford for one season from 2001-02 and the Hornets paid their respects too: “All at Watford FC are saddened to learn of the passing of our former manager Gianluca Vialli.
“Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”
Vialli, capped 59 instances for Italy, was a part of the Italy squad who completed third at their residence World Cup in 1990.
He additionally received two Serie A titles – one at Sampdoria, one at Juventus – 4 Coppa Italia titles and one Champions League, as captain at Juve in 1996.
Both Sampdoria and Juventus tweeted: “Ciao Gianluca.”
Sampdoria added in an emotional article on their web site: “You gave us so much, we gave you so much: yes, it was love, reciprocal, infinite. A love that will not die today with you.
“We will continue to love and adore you because – as you well know – you are better than Pelé. And because, despite everything, our beautiful season is destined to never end.”
“We will remember you as a boy and a relentless centre-forward, because heroes are all young and beautiful and you, since that summer of 1984, have been our hero. Strong and beautiful, with that 9 printed on the back and the Italian flag sewn on the heart.”
More just lately Vialli was the delegation chief of the Italian nationwide group, working with head coach Roberto Mancini, and was on the touchline as Italy received final 12 months’s European Championship at Wembley.