A host of Serie A clubs have paid tribute to the great late Gianluca Vialli, who lost a long battle with pancreatic cancer today.
Vialli is one of the most renowned Serie A icons of the 1980s and the 1990s, as he won the Serie A with Sampdoria in what is known as one of the most iconic Scudetto races. He also won the Scudetto with Juventus and became one of the first foreign Premier League icons during his time to Chelsea.
Vialli’s impact was lasting and long-ranging and a host of Serie A clubs have paid tribute to the late forward, who also won the Euros as an assistant with Roberto Mancini for the Italian national team in 2021.
Juventus joined the tributes, saying ‘Ciao Gianluca’ to their former striker and Napoli also joined in, with Aurelio de Laurentiis paying tribute to the late Italian as well.
Ciao Gianluca. pic.twitter.com/6MBUGpR7HO— JuventusFC (@juventusfc) January 6, 2023
Aurelio De Laurentiis e tutto il Napoli si uniscono al dolore della famiglia e del mondo dello sport per la scomparsa di Gianluca Vialli indimenticabile campione ed esempio di grande spessore umano. pic.twitter.com/Lgr6uXrqoq— Official SSC Napoli (@sscnapoli) January 6, 2023
Chelsea, another club that Vialli made an impact at, also expressed gratitude to their former striker in their tweet, as Todd Boehly hailed the Italian’s legacy.
'His impact as a player, a coach and most importantly as a person, will be forever written across our club’s history. We send our heartfelt and deepest condolences to his family and friends.' (2/2)— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 6, 2023
– Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali
Sampdoria, who had the iconic duo of Vialli and Mancini as players, also chimed in.
💔— U.C. Sampdoria (@sampdoria) January 6, 2023
Ciao Luca. pic.twitter.com/8KAo9BsYaC
Kaustubh Pandey | GIFN