Monday September 19 2016
Vieri reveals heir, toughest opponent

Christian Vieri claims “I see myself in Zlatan Ibrahimovic”, Pietro Vierchowod was his hardest opponent and Juventus remain “ahead of everyone else”.

Speaking to Radio Deejay on Monday, Serie A legend Vieri – who scored 202 goals for the likes of Juve, Lazio and Inter before his retirement in 2009 – sought to set the record straight on a number of topics.

“If I’d played a few years later, I’d have made a lot more money, but I’m not complaining,” he began.

“Who do I see myself in? Ibrahimovic. He’s a very technical player who scores an avalanche of goals wherever he goes.

“The hardest player I faced? Vierchowod. When I played against him, it was a struggle every time.

“He’d mark me man for man and kick me to pieces. He had some impressive studs.

“Even now, when we play five-a-side and marks me man for man, I remind him that we stopped playing a long time ago and now he needs to defend zonally, but he tells me he doesn’t care and that he won’t let me score.

“The League? This year I see Juve ahead of everyone else, including Inter, despite their mercato.

“De Boer? I know him well, we played against each other. We gave each other many blows, although he always took more.”

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