Christian Vieri was once the most feared striker in the world, who banged in the goals for fun, dominating teams in the Serie A. The fierce striker played some of the biggest clubs in the world like Torino, Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Lazio, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Fiorentina. He scored over 200 goals in his career primarily in the Serie A, which during his playing days was the toughest and the most challenging league in the world. He also once had the privilege of being the most expensive footballer in the world when Italian giants Inter Milan paid Lazio £32 million in 1999 to procure his services.
With his successful club and international career long into the background, with Vieri having retired in 2009, the legend has now taken up a new passion in life which he is planning to turn into a successful career, music. That’s right, who would have thought that Christian Vieri would go by the name of ‘Bobo DJ’, rocking various clubs in the burgeoning Italian nightlife scene. But that’s exactly the path which he has chosen to walk on.
In an exclusive interview with British tabloid The Sun, Vieri spoke on his new career, saying, “My friend Andrea, who worked at clubs in Italy for most of his life, had always wanted to DJ together. I used to always say no to him, because I didn’t think it was the right time. Last summer I spoke with him again and said let’s try and do something. I was inspired after I went to Ibiza with my girlfriend to the Ushuaia club and saw DJ Andrea Oliva. We listened to music with him and I said to my girlfriend (Costanza Caracciolo), ‘let’s have some fun, let’s try and do this.’I called up Guidi and said I want to DJ, but I don’t want to do it on my own. I want it to be something a little different.”
Vieri also added that he did not want to be a normal DJ and wanted to do something different. This led to him using some innovative techniques and this has led to him finding some success on the circuit. “I didn’t think it was good enough an idea to do myself, so we set up the Bobo DJ show. We have a music producer, Luca Cassani. We choose all the music together. I have a singer, she’s called Lara Caprotti. And then I have Stefano Serafini playing trumpet. The trumpet sounds amazing live in a club. The show’s very different. It’s music we like, house music, and we’re touring around Italy and starting to get calls from all over the world.”
DJ’ing though is a new art which Vieri has learned and has not quite mastered yet. “Every day I’m learning stuff. I started back in August with a DJ friend and since then I’ve been practicing and taking lessons every day. I’ve been dedicating a lot of hours to it. It’s very hard, but when you start something new from scratch it’s never easy.”
Quite a career change it has been, from one of the greatest strikers in the history of Italian football!