‘Captain Forever’: Italian newspapers pay tribute to Gianluca Vialli


‘Captain Forever’: Italian newspapers call Gianluca Vialli a ‘role model for everyone’ as they pay tribute to former Juventus and Chelsea striker following his untimely death from cancer aged 58

Italian newspapers have reacted to the death of former Juventus and Chelsea star Gianluca Vialli on Friday aged 58 following a battle with cancer.

La Stampa led tributes to the former Juventus skipper, calling him ‘Captain forever’ and referring to him as a ‘role model for everyone.’

Meanwhile La Gazzetta dello Sport called Vialli a ‘one of the most loved [footballers] ever’ and paid tribute to him alongside the other recent passings in the sport: ‘The world of football still in mourning. After the death of Sinisa Mihajlovic, of Pele, another great champion, Gianluca Vialli, passed away today in London.’

Former Juventus and Chelsea striker Gianluca Vialli has passed away following a long battle with cancer aged 58

La Repubblica referred to Vialli as a ‘champion’ and said that Vialli’s ‘greatest joy’ had been derived from his work with the national team as they secured the European Championship title that had eluded him during his playing career.

After starting his career in the Italian lower leagues with his local club Cremonese, Viali would first rise to prominence after joining Sampdoria, where he would embark on a successful strike partnership alongside fellow future Premier League manager Roberto Mancini.

Viali’s efforts for the Blucerchiati would earn him a call-up to the national team, and also see him claim the first of two Serie A titles during his playing career, three Coppa Italia’s and the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup.

Vialli (L) pictured with Italy manager Roberto Mancini (R) after their victory in the 2021 European Championship final - in that embrace there was love and friendship

Vialli (L) pictured with Italy manager Roberto Mancini (R) after their victory in the 2021 European Championship final – in that embrace there was love and friendship

Vialli and Mancini when the pair were playing together at Italian club Sampdoria

Vialli and Mancini when the pair were playing together at Italian club Sampdoria 

After moving to Juventus for a then-world record fee of £12.5million Vialli would go on to become an integral part of the Old Lady during the early 1990s, amassing a host of silverware before captaining the club to its second Champions League win before ending his playing career with Chelsea.

During his time in charge at Stamford Bridge, Vialli would win both the FA and League Cup domestically, and triumph in the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and the UEFA Super Cup in the continent.

Despite being diagnosed with cancer in 2017, Vialli would continue his work within football serving as delegation chief for the Italian National side to work alongside his former strike partner Mancini.

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