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Former Italian international striker Christian "Bobo" Vieri (36) has retired from football and has decided to become a professional World Series poker player.
Vieri was one of the most talented and prolific strikers in the world for over a decade. He collected 49 caps and scored 23 goals for the Italian national team and competed in the 1998 and 2002 World Cups as well as in the 2004 European championship. Vieri played for several top clubs, including Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Lazio, Inter Milan and AC Milan. He last played for Atalanta from June 2008 to April of this year.
He accomplished quite a lot during his career, winning both individual honours and club trophies. He was the top scorer in La Liga in 1998 and in Serie A in 2003, he was named Italian Footballer of the Year in 1999 and 2002 and was included in the FIFA 100's greatest living footballers list.
Vieri won the UEFA Supercup and the Intercontinental Cup in 1996 as well as the Serie A title and the Italian Supercup in 1997 with Juventus, a second Italian Supercup in 1998 and the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1999 with Lazio, a third Italian Supercup and the Italian Cup in 2005 with Inter.