It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Gianluca Vialli, the Chelsea and Italy legend, at the age of 58. Vialli had been battling pancreatic cancer for the past five years.
During his time at Chelsea, Vialli made a total of 88 appearances and scored 40 goals. He later went on to manage the club, leading them to victory in three major trophies.
Vialli also represented Italy on the national stage, earning a total of 59 caps for his country. In 2020, after receiving the all-clear on his health, he worked with Roberto Mancini’s staff on the Italian national team, which went on to win the European Championships in England the following summer.
Unfortunately, Vialli was forced to step down from his role in December as he returned to the Royal Marsden hospital for further treatment on his cancer, which he referred to as “an unwanted guest”.
Vialli leaves behind his wife, Cathryne White Cooper, and their two daughters, Olivia and Sofia.