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Tuesday, June 8, 1999 Published at 12:04 GMT 13:04 UK

Sport: Football

Vieri in £28m world record transfer

Christian Vieri: Three of his transfers are in the all-time top 10

Italian striker Christian Vieri has become the most expensive footballer of all time, with a £28m move from Lazio to Inter Milan.

The deal for the centre-forward, which is worth 80bn lira, also sees Inter's top midfielder, Diego Simeone of Argentina, handed over to Lazio.

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The move eclipses the previous world record transfer, when Brazilian star Denilson moved to Spanish side Real Betis for £22m last year.

It is the ninth time in eight seasons that 25-year-old Vieri has switched clubs.

He scored 14 goals in his first and only season with Lazio, who lost the Serie A title by just one point to AC Milan.

He also led Italy's attack in the last World Cup with five goals.

Vieri will team up at Inter Milan with a former holder of the most expensive player tag - Brazil's two-time World Player of the Year Ronaldo.

He will also be reunited with coach Marcello Lippi - his boss for one season at Juventus.

After meeting Lazio president Sergio Cragnotti in a Rome hotel, club owner Massimo Moratti confirmed: "Vieri is an Inter player and he will play alongside Ronaldo next season."

French striker Youri Djorkaeff and Italian international goalkeeper Gianluca Pagliuca have also been tipped to leave Inter as Moratti plans a massive upheaval following the arrival of Lippi.

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