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Vieri Calls it Quits

  • AP , Thursday, October 22, 2009 4 PM
Italian forward Christian Vieri announced his retirement from soccer on Thursday. "I don't want to carry on playing," Vieri said. "I'm not even tempted to play abroad."

Vieri made his debut in 1991 for Torino, after which he played for eight different clubs in eight seasons, including Juventus, Atletico Madrid and Lazio. After claiming the Cup Winners' Cup with Lazio, Vieri joined Inter Milan for a then-world record fee of $53 million.

In six seasons with Inter he scored 103 goals in 144 appearances, but was unable to help the team claim a Serie A championship. Injuries prevented the Bologna-born Vieri from playing on Italy's victorious 2006 World Cup team after scoring nine times at the 1998 and 2002 World Cups. Vieri scored 23 goals in 49 internationals and 194 times in 375 club games for 12 different teams.

 

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