Born in the Italian city of Cremona in 1964, Gianluca Vialli started his career with his hometown club of Cremonese. He then played for Sampdoria and Juventus, winning both Serie A and a European trophy with each of those clubs.
In 1996 he moved to London to play for Chelsea, and rapidly established himself as a folk hero amongst the Stamford Bridge faithful. With Chelsea he won the FA Cup, the League Cup and the European Cup Winners' Cup.
Following retirement in 1999, Vialli had spells managing both Chelsea and Watford.
For his country, he won 59 caps and scored 16 goals between 1985 and 1992, playing at two World Cup finals.
Gianluca Vialli is married with two children, and divides his time between London and Italy.