Gianluca Willi: Italian football legend dies at 58

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Gianluca appeared at Willy Cremonese and had success with Sampdoria and Juventus before joining Chelsea in the Premier League.

Italian Gianluca Willi, one of the most iconic footballers of the 90s and a Champions League champion with Juventus in 1996, died this Friday at the age of 58.

The forward was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2017 and claimed to have beaten the disease three years later, but it returned in 2021.

In December, he announced that he was temporarily stepping down as coach of the Italian national team to focus on his health.

“Gianluca is a wonderful person and cannot fill a void,” said Italian Football Federation president Gabriele Gravina.

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