INTERNATIONAL | CHRISTIAN VIERI
Vieri: "I went to Atletico Madrid just for money"
The former Italian international player recalls in his autobiography how he regrets his move to La Liga in the late 90’s.
Former Italian striker, Christian Vieri, launches his autobiography tomorrow and excerpts of the book have appeared in leading Italian sports daily, La Gazzetta dello Sport. In confessions made in the book, Vieri acknowledges how he left Juventus in haste and his move to Atlético Madrid was a mistake, with the deal motivated exclusively by money.
“One day Moggi called me into his office with my agent, Bettega. Moggi claimed that the club couldn’t offer me more than two million lira per season whist i was aware that Atlético were prepared to offer 3,5 million lira. I said to them immediately, ”I’m off to Spain” and that was the end of the meeting. I admit that the motivation for this move was purely economic. If I could have turned back time, I’d have stayed in Turin”. Atlético Madrid paid 3 million pesteas for his services in 1997.
With Jesus Gil president of the Spanish club, Vieri’s first season was a success with the Italian stinker scoring 24 goals in 24 goals and ending up as top scorer in La Liga for the 97-98 season. The following year, however, he wanted a return to his native Italy and during the summer signed for Lazio for a fee of 4.3 million pesetas. He subsequent played for Inter, Milan, Monaco, Atalanta, Fiorentina and a return to Atalanta where he finally hung up his boots in 2009.
"Moggi, Moratti, goals and women...", is the headline in La Gazzetta showcasing the extracts from the book. The autobiography goes into detail describing Vieri’s many dalliances with a number of women. “Almost all of what they said in the press turned out to be true”, affirmed the Italian.