Never a man to stay in one place for to long, Christian Vieri is our third #LCQ archive player.
In a career that spanned 18 years, Christian Vieri played for no less than 12 clubs, Vieri began his professional career in Turin and Torino. He spent two years with the club before moving on to Pisa. This began a sequence of a club a season for Vieri, a nomadic striker, he scored at whatever club he was with, most notably with Atletico Madrid in where he scored 24 goals in 24 league games. A move to Lazio followed, another one season stint, before he move on to Internazionale where he would remain for the next five seasons.
He was prolific with Inter, scoring 123 goals in his tenure with the club. He only managed to win a Coppa Italia with the cup however, which turned out to be one of his last games for the club.
Following his release from his Inter contract, Vieri moved across town, to AC Milan. His spell with the red side of Milan, didn’t last long however and he was quickly off to the principality of Monaco. Desperate to play in the World Cup, Vieri sought first team football with AS Monaco, but a serious knee injury scuppered all plans for a third appearance at the tournament, a World Cup Italy won by the way.
A 2 month stint with Sampdoria followed his time at Monaco, he made no appearances and promptly signed for former club Atlanta. 7 games and 2 goals later, Vieri was on the move again, this time to Fiorentina, before moving back to Atlanta and then retiring.
All in all Vieri averaged a goal every 2 games, as he scored 236 in 476 appearances.
He is Italy’s all time leading scorer at World Cup tournaments with 9 in 9 games. He is one cap short of a half century with Italy, but he scored 23 goals during his time for the Azzurri.
Interesting fact – His brother Max Vieri, has played for the Australian national side.