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Gianluca Vialli’s death has saddened the world of world football! After Sinișa Mihailovici and Pele, another star of the king’s sport died, at only 58 years old, succumbing to pancreatic cancer.
In the first part of December 2022, the former Italian international, who won the UEFA Champions League with Juventus, announced that he was retiring from the Italian national team to fight a second time with the cruel illness that he had discovered five years ago. Unfortunately, he did not manage to survive, and now Gianluca Vialli is being talked about in the…past!
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Dan Petrescu, affected by the death of Gianluca Vialli! “We got close immediately after we both arrived at Chelsea, we spent a lot together”
Upon hearing the news that the great Italian striker had died, big names in international football spoke about “the man” Gianluca Vialli and what he represented to the sport. One of them was Dan Petrescu, the coach of CFR Cluj, a former colleague and student of Vialli during his time as a player at Chelsea London. Affected by the disappearance of the dream striker of the “Azzura Squad”, the technician remembered the time when they played together in London.
“We got closer immediately after we both arrived at Chelsea, we spent a lot together. When he became a coach, he came to me and suddenly said: “That’s it, from now on we can’t be friends.” The decision was correct, he judged professionally and he did well”, Dan Petrescu recalled the London period for gsp.ro.
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Dan Petrescu, revelations about Gianluca Vialli. ” I was shocked by his extreme professionalism. He had hired a driver to bring him to practice ”
Dan Petrescu then gave some details about who Gianluca Vialli was, as a player. “I was really thinking that when you get cancer, maybe it’s also related to the fact that you eat and drink something wrong in your life. When he was a player, he imposed himself and managed to drink one beer a week. That’s it! He always told us that he only needed one beer every 7 days. Then, he only ate pasta, often preparing it himself. And there was something else that I haven’t seen in another footballer! I was shocked by his extreme professionalism. He had hired a driver to bring him to practice. I was actually laughing at him, taking him for fun, but he explained to me why he resorted to such a thing. He was looking to be relaxed even on the way to the training camp, to be 100 percent fit for training.” stated the coach of CFR Cluj for the mentioned source.
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Dan Petrescu, affected by the death of Gianluca Vialli! “N he said nothing, things seemed fine, but he had discovered the disease in 2017. Later I found out he had cancer”
Dan Petrescu also revealed the fact that when he met with Gianluca Vialli last time, he did not tell him that he had cancer, he found out a little later from a former colleague in London. “The last time I saw him was in April 2018. I went to the funeral of Ray Wilkins, the former Chelsea second-half. Gianluca also participated. Since then he was sick, but he didn’t say anything, things seemed fine, but he had discovered the disease in 2017. Later I found out he had cancer, from Roberto Di Matteo. Then, in 2018, I was curious to learn something from him”, said the technician from Cluj, who pointed out another painful thing.
“I was thinking what drama poor Mancini has lived through in the last year. He missed qualifying for the World Cup with Italy, his friend Mihajlovici died, now his best friend, Vialli, also died”concluded Petrescu in gsp.ro
Gianluca Vialli wanted to beat cancer and stop drawing on his eyebrows with a pencil
Gianluca Vialli, known for winning the Champions League with Juventus Torino in 1996, but also for his entire spectacular career in the world of football, left a sea of pain behind him. The late sportsman was hospitalized in London since the second half of December 2022, when his health deteriorated considerably.
Some time ago, the former Italian international confessed what it would look like for him to regain his health. Thus, Gianluca Vialli also declared what his great desire is, to defeat the merciless disease and to stop drawing his eyebrows with a pencil: “Getting healthy means being able to look in the mirror again, see how my hair is growing back, without drawing on my eyebrows. I feel very lucky compared to a lot of other people.”says the former athlete, according to gsp.ro.
Gianluca Vialli played as a striker for teams such as Juventus, Sampdoria and the Italian national team. After his retirement from football, Vialli became a coach at teams such as Chelsea, Watford and the Italian youth national team. He is considered one of the best Italian strikers of all time.