Christian Vieri

Born in Bologna on 12 July 1973, Christian Vieri – fondly known as Bobo – emigrated with his family to Australia at the age of four, before returning to Italy at 14. Vieri’s playing career started out at A.C. Santa Lucia, in Prato, before he moved to the Torino youth academy. He quickly worked his way up through the ranks, making his first-team debut under Emiliano Mondonico before moving to Atalanta, where he had his breakout season in 1995/96. A move to Juventus saw Vieri win the Scudetto, the UEFA Super Cup and the Intercontinental Cup, before spells at Atletico Madrid and Lazio. In 1999, Vieri joined Inter for 90 billion lire (€49 million), announcing his arrival with a debut hat-trick against Verona. He remained with the Nerazzurri until 2005, scoring 123 goals and winning the Coppa Italia in 2005. He was Serie A’s top scorer in the 2002/03 season with 24 goals, while the Nerazzurri were 90 minutes away from winning the league in 2001/02, with only a last-day defeat to Lazio costing them Scudetto glory. Vieri left Inter for AC Milan in 2005, before turning out for Monaco, Sampdoria, Atalanta and Fiorentina. He scored 23 goals in 49 appearances for Italy.