The memory of the Scotsman, partner of the former blue striker for two seasons in Sampdoria, is moving: crying prevented him from going on and the interview stopped.
LONDON – Not only in Italy we mourn the death of Gianluca Vialli, who died in London at the age of 58 in the clinic where he was hospitalized after a long battle against pancreatic cancer. The sad news was reported by websites all over the world and aroused emotion above all in the United Kingdom, where the former striker had played for Chelsea and remained alive.
Particularly touching was the scene that saw Graeme Souness as protagonist, who played together with Vialli for two years in Sampdoria, from 1984 to 1986. The former Scottish midfielder, now 69, burst into tears on live TV during an interview to Sky Sports talking about his old teammate and friend: “I learned the news a few minutes ago – he explained sadly -. He was a wonderful soul, a really kind human being.
I went to Italy when I was 31 and he 20., it was just awesome to have him around.” Souness recalled when he had met Vialli during the last European Championship, won by Roberto Mancini’s Italy with the former striker on the staff: “I’m not a doctor, but when I saw him I saw a man who was still fighting. And I think it’s so typical of him, to have kept everything very private, very personal.
He dealt with the disease as I expected him to: it was his fight – concluded the Scotsman before stopping to cry – and he wanted to deal with it alone, without burdening other people with this burden… I’m sorry”.
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