Gianluca Vialli 메이저놀이터 (Italy), who dominated the 1990s as an Italian goal scorer, passed away on the 6th (Korean time). He is 59 years old.
Major news outlets such as AFP and Reuters reported that Vialli, who had been fighting pancreatic cancer, had died.
Vialli was a top goalscorer during his active career, scoring 259 goals in 674 professional matches and 16 goals in 59 matches for the Italian national team.
Beginning his professional career in 1980 at the lower league Cremonese, he played for Serie A Sampdoria from the 1984-1985 season and fully developed his skills.
At Juventus, which had its heyday, he scored 53 goals in 145 official matches over four seasons from the 1992-1993 season.
In 1996, as a member of Juventus, he visited Korea and played an invitational match (Korea won 4-0) against the Korean national team in hopes of hosting the 2002 World Cup.
Vialli, who has been playing in Italy all along, spent his last three seasons playing for Chelsea in England.
Chelsea, which was a mid-tier club at the time, gradually raised the rankings from the 1996-1997 season when Vialli joined, laying the groundwork for developing into a ‘big club’.
Vialli, who took charge of Chelsea and Watford after his retirement, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2017, but has remained active ever since.
He also contributed to winning the Euro 2020 (2020 European Football Championship) by supporting Italian national team coach Roberto Mancini, who played together as the “two-top of the soul” at Sampdoria, as the team leader.
But in the end, he couldn’t overcome pancreatic cancer.
In a Netflix documentary aired in March 2022, Vialli broke fans’ hearts by saying, “I know I won’t die at an old age. I want to live as long as I can, but I’m weaker than I used to be.”
“You are a better player than Pele,” the Sampdoria club wrote on Twitter, “because the beautiful season we had together is destined to never end.”