Vialli has chosen 90 tales from the familiar - Jesse Owens, Billie Jean King - to some lesser-known, such as Alfonsina Strada, a pioneering woman who competed in the Giro d'Italia in 1924. His own chapter comes right at the end... a stark, moving account of the brutal physical and mental toll of months of cancer treatment.
The book ends with the most compelling story - as Vialli details how two bouts of cancer and chemotherapy affected him.
Goals, a collection of 90 inspirational stories from the world of sport, seems particularly timely as society tries to cope with the ongoing agonies and disruption of the coronavirus crisis.
Goals is a fascinating list of people, some of whom you have never heard of and when you hear their stories you think to yourself "wow, that is incredible", as indeed is the career of Gianluca Vialli.