Tributes from the world of football have poured in following the death of former Chelsea forward Gianluca Vialli.
Vialli, an Italian international who also played for Juventus, Sampdoria and Cremonese as well as managing both the Blues and Watford, passed away aged 58.
Vialli was first diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2017. In 2018 he had revealed that he had overcome the cancer at Royal Marsden Hospital, with a further revelation arriving in 2020 that he had been given the all-clear.
However, in late 2021, Vialli broke the news that the cancer had returned. A year later he left his role with the Azzurri to focus on his health. A month later, he passed away.
A larger-than-life figure who left his mark on each club he played for, football clubs around the world have taken the time to pay their respects.
Football fans around the world have been paying tributeGetty images
Chelsea left their own massive tribute to Vialli, describing him as a 'legend' who was revered for his work on the football pitch and in the dugout.
Sampdoria said that they 'will remember you as a boy and a relentless centre-forward, because heroes are all young and beautiful and you, since that summer of 1984, have been our hero.'
"We had been watching the news for days, hoping never to read this. But here we are, staring at the screen, and a flood of emotions crashes inside of us. We have always been with you, Gianluca. Ever since you arrived in 1992, when it was love at first sight. You were one of the first pieces of a Juve side that would have climbed back to the top of Europe. We loved everything about you, absolutely everything - your smile, your being a star and leader at the same time, on the pitch and in the dressing room, your adorable swashbuckling ways, your culture, your class, which you showed until the last day in the black and white stripes."
Liverpool legend Graeme Souness was left in tears on Sky Sports news, while Vialli's former teammate - Tottenham manager Antonio Conte - has cancelled his pre-match press conference.
\u201cItalian legend Gianluca Vialli has sadly passed away at the age of 58, after his brave battle with cancer.\n\nA kind guy, a fantastic striker, a real man appreciated by everyone in football and outside sports world.\n\nThoughts go out to his family.\n\nRIP, Gianluca \ud83d\udd4a\ufe0f\u201d
\u201cWhat made Gianluca Vialli special to me was how he seemed to lie perfectly across old and new: Italia 90 and Football Italia vs Chelsea foreign imports and moneyed Premier League. Vialli was an ideal bridge between eras at a time when so many of us were sponges for football.\u201d