Christian Vieri

Christian Vieri in action

Christian Vieri at Juventus in 1996.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Christian Vieri was one of the world's greatest strikers of the late 1990s and 2000s, a classic number nine who scored wherever he played, and considering how many transfers he had, that meant a lot of goals during his 18 year career. Vieri's raw power, coupled with pace and a really strong left foot shot, would see him aptly nicknamed il Toro (the Bull), and this bustling style and strength made him a real handful for defenders. He was great in the air too, and would finish his career as the all-time top scorer of headed goals in Serie A history.

Whilst the majority of Vieri's career would be spent in Italy, he did have a single season in La Liga, and what a cracker it was, scoring 24 league goals in 24 games for Atl├ętico Madrid and winning the Pichichi Trophy as La Liga's top goal scorer. This put him in a select group of players to have won both the Pichichi Trophy and Capocannoniere award during their careers.

Christian Vieri - Info

Name: Christian Vieri
Date of Birth: 12th July 1973
Nationality: Italy
Position(s): Striker
Career: 1991 to 2009
Regular Shirt Number(s): 32 (Clubs), 9 (Italy)
Nickname(s): Bobo