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Juventus legend Gianluca Vialli has died at the age of 58

Max Statman

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At the age of 58, Juventus icon Gianluca Vialli passed away.

Vialli had a pancreatic cancer diagnosis in 2017, but after claiming to be clear in April 2020, he received a second diagnosis in 2021.

In December, he declared that he will take a brief break from his position with Italy’s national team to concentrate on his health.

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“Gianluca was a wonderful person, and he leaves a vacuum that cannot be filled,” said Gabriele Gravina, president of the Italian Football Federation.

“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.”

Vialli played 59 times for Italy, making his debut in 1985, the same year he joined Sampdoria, where he spent eight seasons and won the Serie A championship and European Cup Winners’ Cup.

In 1992, he also assisted Sampdoria in reaching the European Cup final; however, after falling to Ajax, he left for Juventus for a then-record £12 million transfer fee. Vialli played 145 times for Juve over the course of four seasons, scoring 53 goals and dishing out 23 assists while leading Juve to Serie A, Uefa Cup, and Champions League victories.

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