Club: F.C. Internazionale Milano
Growth Type: Standard/Lasting
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Club: Atlético de Madrid
Fast, poachy, absolutely lethal in front of goal when given enough space. A beast, really, probably the best 'classic 9' I had the chance to witness in the 90s. 1997/98 was his Atlético de Madrid season, he arrived at a club filled with great but inconsistant players (Juninho Paulista, Lardín), with the key players of the past 'double' (spanish league + cup) of 1995/96 already aging and in clear decline (Caminero, Pantic, Kiko, Futre). Vieri didn't even have a real continuity of play, since between small injuries and cards he could only play 24 league matches... in which he scored 24 goals, becoming topscorer of the league. After that he went to the World Cup and also scored 5 goals in 5 matches. That said, his most iconic goal that season was against Paok Salonica in the UEFA Cup.
Despite the injuries, the man was physically at his prime: great body strenght (although he probably became even bulkier and stronger in later years), a very nice speed over long distances, both on and off the ball... he was also quite a poacher, able to react quickly to through passes, and possesed the pace and body strenght to keep defenders at bay in counter-attacking runs. In terms of shooting he was a great placer and could smash the ball certainly hard, although I haven't found his ST as impressive as I thought it was (still good, but not to deserve oranges IMO). Also a huge threat on the air, specially due to his magnificent heading ability, although to be honest his leap didn't seem to be more than just good. In terms of positional sense and sharpness when roaming the opposition area he was absolutely lethal... you gave him a clear chance and it was a goal.