The death of the ex star Italian, Vialli, after a struggle with the disease

London: The Italian Football Federation announced today, Friday, the death of Gianluca Vialli, a former striker for Italy national team, Juventus and Chelsea, at the age of 58, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Vialli had achieved great success in Chelsea coaching following his busy professional career, and was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2017, and recovered in 2020 after receiving treatment at the Royal Marsden Hospital in the British capital, London . He was diagnosed with the disease again in 2021, and last December he announced his departure from his post as director of the Italian national team’s delegation. The Italian federation has declared that all matches in its competitions will witness a minute’s silence in sign of mourning for Vialli. “Gianluca was a wonderful person, and he left an irreplaceable void, either in National that in all those who appreciate his exceptional human qualities,” said the president of the federation, Gabriele Gravina. (dpa)