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Legendary Italian striker Christian Vieri planning to make playing comeback in China

The 43-year-old last played professionally in 2009.

Vieri won 49 international caps for Italy.
Vieri won 49 international caps for Italy.
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FORMER ITALY INTERNATIONAL Christian Vieri has revealed he is planning to come out of retirement to possibly play in the Chinese Super League – at the age of 43.

Vieri, who retired from playing in 2009, played for a total of 14 clubs throughout his career, and became the world’s most expensive player in 1999 when he left Lazio to join Inter Milan for a record £32 million.

The former Atletico Madrid revealed the news on Instagram:

“Good morning everyone. At more or less 8:30a.m., there’s huge news on the Formentera broadcast: Bobo is back, I’ve decided to go play in China,” he said on his official page.

“Five months ago I weighed 101kg, now I’m at 91kg, I’ve lost 10. I must drop another two, reach 89kg and I’m ready. Have a nice day.”

BOBO IS BACK ✌🏾️✌🏾✌🏾✌🏾GOING TO PLAY IN CHINA✌🏾️✌🏾✌🏾✌🏾

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Although Vieri has yet to announce who his new club will be, he is poised to join the likes of Gervinho, Obafemi Martins, Hulk, Ramires and fellow Italian forward Graziano Pelle in the Chinese Super League as clubs flex their new-found financial muscle.

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