Christian Vieri EXCLUSIVE: Italian legend reveals why Brazilian Ronaldo is BETTER than Cristiano

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[advert_1] Christian ‘Bobo’ Vieri was a aim machine in each individual sense. As 1 of just 6 Italians in soccer record to acquire a golden boot at a foreign club, Vieri is effectively mindful of what it normally takes to be successful as a top rated-amount striker.  The forty six-calendar […]


Christian ‘Bobo’ Vieri was a aim machine in each individual sense. As 1 of just 6 Italians in soccer record to acquire a golden boot at a foreign club, Vieri is effectively mindful of what it normally takes to be successful as a top rated-amount striker. 

The forty six-calendar year-old led the line for a staggering fourteen clubs throughout his 18-calendar year job and notched the 1,000th aim to be scored for the Italian countrywide aspect. Vieri also is the joint-top rated Italian goalscorer at Globe Cups.

In an special job interview, Sportsmail’s Alvise Cagnazzo spoke with Vieri about his job, no matter if Romelu Lukaku can be the heir to his throne at Inter and who was the hardest English defender he arrived up in opposition to…

Christian Vieri has told Sportsmail his thoughts on Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku and Ronaldo

Christian Vieri has told Sportsmail his ideas on Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku and Ronaldo


Age: forty six

Actively playing position: Striker

Clubs: Torino, Pisa, Ravenna, Venezia, Atalanta, Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Lazio, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Monaco, Sampdoria, Fiorentina.

Intercontinental: Italy

Honours: Serie A x1, Coppa Italia x2, UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup x1, UEFA Tremendous Cup x1, Intercontinental Cup x1 

Occupation game titles: 476

Occupation goals: 235 

Q: How did it truly feel to score the 1,000th aim for Italy?

A: I am delighted to have scored the 1,000th aim in the countrywide staff (in opposition to Moldova in March 1997) but I in no way imagined much about the documents. It was a exclusive evening: my debut and my to start with aim. I do not observe the data but it was extraordinary to score this kind of a historic aim on my debut.

Q: You played in Serie A and expended a time in Spain with Atletico Madrid. What are the variances?

A: I was delighted to have done effectively in Spain by scoring 24 goals in 24 game titles, a report that I have with me in my coronary heart. I’m unhappy to have still left Spain for the reason that in my view LaLiga is an excellent, exclusive and extraordinary league. 

For me it is the most enjoyment and technological. Twelve months in Spain ended up way too several. When I played in Serie A it was a dream. In Italy there ended up Baggio, Totti, Del Piero, Vialli and quite a few other people, with out forgetting Ronaldo the Brazilian. 

I received the golden boot in the two Italy and Spain. At Atletico you have to thank my companion Kiko and the entire staff that supported me.

Vieri shared his delight at scoring the 1,000th goal for the national team against Moldova

Vieri shared his delight at scoring the 1,000th aim for the countrywide staff in opposition to Moldova

Q: How does it truly feel to have the report of goals scored at the Globe Cup for Italy (9) alongside one another with Roberto Baggio and Paolo Rossi? 

A: The Globe Cup is a exclusive occasion. When you see a blue shirt in a bar or in a pub, you instantly imagine of Italy. Scoring for your country was a wonderful practical experience. I experienced three idols: Roberto Mancini, Roberto Baggio and Gianluca Vialli. At fourteen many years old I went to see Baggio in the Fiesole Curve (the house of Fiorentina’s Ultras), at 23 I experienced a Globe Cup subsequent to Baggio. It was wonderful.

Q: Can Romelu Lukaku be your heir at Inter?

A: He is massive, with loads of energy and top as I experienced. He’s received a very robust still left foot and will get tons of top when he jumps for headers. I want him effectively and he has presently scored 17 goals in his to start with several months in Italy: a certainly extraordinary final result specially for a foreigner made use of to the Leading League.

Vieri believes that Lukaku has everything to be a big success at his former club Inter Milan

Vieri thinks that Lukaku has every little thing to be a massive achievements at his former club Inter Milan

Q: Can Antonio Conte get the best out of him?

A: Antonio is a effectively-qualified coach and knows how to appears to be like immediately after his gamers. The impact I get from Conte is that he normally takes care of each individual detail, so I imagine he can truly maximise Lukaku’s opportunity.

In Serie A if you have an excellent physique and you teach very effectively you can demolish any opposing defense. I have been next Lukaku for 10 many years and have often supported his energy. In England at United he experienced scored soon in advance of leaving, but when he is one hundred% bodily Romelu is a bull.

'Bobo' said that Inter boss Antonio Conte knows how to maximise Lukaku's potential in Italy

‘Bobo’ reported that Inter boss Antonio Conte knows how to maximise Lukaku’s opportunity in Italy

Q: Harry Kane is a excellent English goalscorer. He has quite a few suitors, which include in LaLiga and Serie A – wherever would you like to see him play?

A: He is an excellent player. I would have played effectively with him as a partnership. I experienced the Brazilian Ronaldo, Hernan Crespo, Alessandro Del Piero, Francesco Totti, Baggio. I cherished playing with the technicians. 

Kane is not the typical English striker: bodily he does not have quite a few muscular tissues like Lukaku but he has dribbling, running, precise and effective shots. In Italy, anyone like him is reported to have ‘soft feet’. 

Vieri also shared his thoughts on Harry Kane, who he described as a 'beautiful player'

Vieri also shared his ideas on Harry Kane, who he described as a ‘beautiful player’

I like Kane very much for the reason that he has an unusual approach and good quality, he is beautiful to glimpse at. LaLiga or Serie A will be superb leagues for him if he decides to go away London and Tottenham. 

He has no difficulty playing effectively in very technological leagues. Kane is not a No 9 like Alan Shearer, who was an idol for me, 1 of the strongest English strikers in record. But Kane is equally robust.

Q: Talking of England, who ended up the most hard English defenders you confronted?

A: In Globe Cup qualifying in 1997, I will in no way fail to remember Tony Adams and Sol Campbell: two very robust lions bodily and mentally. Italy way too experienced and has formidable defenders, but I have a excellent memory of those people two. It was a satisfaction to fight in opposition to them.

Vieri said that Tony Adams and Sol Campbell were the toughest English defenders he faced

Vieri reported that Tony Adams and Sol Campbell ended up the hardest English defenders he confronted

Q: Is the Brazilian Ronaldo or the Portuguese Ronaldo improved?

A: I am a close friend of Ronnie and I was lucky enough to have him as a striker with me. He experienced it all. He was explosive, effective and quickly. He looked like a dancer, he appeared to dance with the ball. 

I say that Brazilian Ronaldo is improved than the Cristiano Ronaldo. CR7 is a war machine, he is admirable for every little thing he does and for all the matters he proceeds to do. Cristiano can play up to forty many years with a cigarette between his lips, as they say in Italy. He has a sculptural physique.

Vieri revealed he believes Brazilian Ronaldo was better than Cristiano Ronaldo at his peak

Cristiano Ronaldo in action for Juventus, another of Vieri's former clubs

Vieri revealed he thinks Brazilian Ronaldo (still left) was improved than Cristiano Ronaldo at his peak

The Italian played alongside Ronaldo when the pair were together at Inter Milan

The Italian played along with Ronaldo when the pair ended up alongside one another at Inter Milan 

Q: What was the best aim of your job?

A: There are two. A person was in Spain, in opposition to PAOK. It was technically very hard. I jumped the goalkeeper and virtually from the corner flag, on the goalline on the still left, I scored. The other was for Inter in opposition to Parma. Gianluigi Buffon was in aim. I stopped the ball, working with my heel to shift the ball and I struck with my still left to set it house.

Q: Who ended up the most significant coaches in your job?

A: At Juventus I say Marcelo Lippi, he was like a second father. In Turin’s youth groups I was coached by the excellent Rampati, then by (Emiliano) Mondonico. I also have to say Cesare Maldini, he assisted my crack into the countrywide staff. He was a superb person who reliable youthful people.


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