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Posted: Thursday October 22, 2009 10:14AM; Updated: Thursday October 22, 2009 10:14AM

Former Italy striker Vieri announces retirement

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MILAN (AP) -- Former Italy striker Christian Vieri is retiring from football.

The former Inter Milan forward has been without a club since the end of last season, when he left Atalanta after scoring two goals in nine games.

"I don't want to carry on playing," Vieri said Thursday. "I'm not even tempted to play abroad."

Vieri made his debut in 1991 for Torino and scored one goal in his debut season. He then regularly changed clubs and played for eight teams in eight seasons, including Juventus, Atletico Madrid and Lazio.

After one season with Lazio, in which he won the Cup Winners' Cup, Vieri joined Inter Milan for a then-world record fee of $53 million.

In six seasons with Inter he scored 103 goals in 144 appearances, but was unable to help the team end its wait for the Serie A championship.

Injuries prevented the Bologna-born Vieri from playing on Italy's victorious 2006 World Cup team after scoring nine times at the 1998 and 2002 World Cups.

Vieri scored 23 goals in 49 internationals and 194 times in 375 club games for 12 different teams.

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