Italy’s striker in the 1998 and 2002 World Cups, Christian Vieri now attacks as an interviewer. The Italian debuted the “Bobo Talk Show”, which bears his nickname in the name, and one of the first guests was a former Inter Milan teammate: Adriano. He recalled the partnership with Imperador and the power of the Brazilian’s shot.
Vieri remembers his partnership with Adriano and the Emperor’s strength: “I used to shoot and the ball would become oval”
“People have no idea how hard Adriano kicked, guys. Adriano kicked cannonballs, so the ball became oval”, said Vieri.
Adriano and Vieri played together for a season and a half, between 2004 and 2005, in the final stretch of the Italian’s time at Inter Milan.
The former Azzurri striker made a point of mentioning two special goals from the Emperor: against Chievo, in a 2-2 draw in 2004, and against Udinese, in a 3-1 victory in the same year.
– I didn’t even have time to turn it around, the ball was already in the net, the goalkeeper was standing still, he didn’t even see the ball go in, but believe me, I heard something and I said “What the f… is that?”. A bomb that no one in the stadium had… people didn’t understand what had happened because they hadn’t seen anything – recalls Vieri, about the goal against Chievo (watch below).
The Emperor scored 74 goals in 177 games for Inter Milan and was part of the team’s four Italian titles, two Italian Cups and three Italian Super Cups. Vieri scored 123 goals in 190 matches for the team between 1999 and 2005.
Adriano’s goal against Chievo: