Cult Heroes: Gianluca Vialli

Gianluca Vialli is a true Sampdoria legend after netting 141 goals during a hugely successful eight-year spell in Genoa.

Vialli joined Sampdoria in 1984 to replace Alviero ‘The Martian’ Chiorri – the icon of the 1970s and 80s.

He would form a lethal attacking partnership with Roberto Mancini, as the pair became known as ‘The Goal Twins’.

Vialli’s goals fired Sampdoria to the 1991 Scudetto, three Coppa Italia, one Supercoppa Italiana and the 1990 Cup Winners’ Cup.

His goals attracted attention from Milan and SSC Napoli, but he stayed, saying: “Here in Genoa I open the window and I see the sea, in Milan I don’t.”

The final act from Sampdoria’s second all-time leading scorer was the extra time defeat to Barcelona in the 1992 European Cup final.

Cult Heroes: Gianluca Vialli

Gianluca Vialli is a true Sampdoria legend after netting 141 goals during a hugely successful eight-year spell in Genoa.

Vialli joined Sampdoria in 1984 to replace Alviero ‘The Martian’ Chiorri – the icon of the 1970s and 80s.

He would form a lethal attacking partnership with Roberto Mancini, as the pair became known as ‘The Goal Twins’.

Vialli’s goals fired Sampdoria to the 1991 Scudetto, three Coppa Italia, one Supercoppa Italiana and the 1990 Cup Winners’ Cup.

His goals attracted attention from Milan and SSC Napoli, but he stayed, saying: “Here in Genoa I open the window and I see the sea, in Milan I don’t.”

The final act from Sampdoria’s second all-time leading scorer was the extra time defeat to Barcelona in the 1992 European Cup final.