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Vieri slams modern day forwards for not wanting to improve themselves

‘Nowadays you just need a good Instagram to be a striker’: Italy legend Christian Vieri slams modern day forwards for not wanting to improve themselves or being ‘sick for goals’

  • Former Italy international Christian Vieri heavily critical of modern strikers
  • Vieri, who played for Inter Milan, claimed current forwards are not ‘sick for goals’
  • The 45-year-old believes strikers are more concerned about social media

Former Italy international Christian Vieri has lambasted modern strikers, claiming that they aren’t ‘sick for goals’.

Vieri enjoyed a lengthy career which included spells at Inter Milan and Juventus, with the striker frequently finding the net.

However, the 45-year-old claimed that current forwards are more focused on social media than their goalscoring exploits.

Former Italy international Christian Vieri claims modern strikers aren't 'sick for goals'

Former Italy international Christian Vieri claims modern strikers aren’t ‘sick for goals’

Vieri told Radio Deejay: ‘Nowadays you just need a good Instagram to be a striker.

‘You don’t need to score 30 goals anymore. No need to score every Sunday.

‘Before, if you didn’t score then you locked yourself indoors, went back out the following day to review the mistakes you made and try to improve.

Former Inter Milan star Vieri scored 236 goals in 476 club games during a lengthy career 

Former Inter Milan star Vieri scored 236 goals in 476 club games during a lengthy career 

INTER MILAN’S ALL-TIME TOP SCORERS 

1. Giuseppe Meazza – 284 goals

2. Alessandro Altobelli – 209 goals

3. Roberto Boninsegna – 171 goals

4. Sandro Mazzola – 161 goals

5. Luigi Cevenini – 158 goals

6. Benito Lorenzi – 143 goals

7. Istvan Nyers – 133 goals

8. Christian Vieri – 123 goals

9. Mauro Icardi – 117 goals

10. Ermanno Aebi – 106 goals 

‘That doesn’t happen anymore. We were sick, all my generation, especially strikers. We were sick for goals.’

Vieri scored 236 goals in 476 games during his club career, while he also found the net 23 times in 49 international appearances for Italy. 

Since retiring from playing in 2009 Vieri has turned his attention to interests outside of football – owning restaurants and a fashion label, while he has also become a DJ. 

Despite the quality that he possessed, Vieri, who spent the majority of his career in Italy, only won the Serie A title once, which came in 1997 when he was with Juventus. 

Vieri was part of the Italy squads at the 1998 and 2002 World Cup as well as for Euro 2004.

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