Talking to Argentine magazine El Gráfico, Argentine footballer Diego Maradona dubbed Vierchowod his toughest opponent, stating that "[Vierchowod] was an animal, he had muscles to the eyelashes. It was easy to pass by him, but then when I raised my head, he was in front of me again. I would have to pass him two or three more times and then I would pass the ball because I couldn't stand him anymore".
Gary Lineker also revealed in an interview with FourFourTwo that Vierchowod was "the hardest defender he ever faced" adding "he was absolutely brutal and lightning quick. He gave me one or two digs."
Pietro Verchowod was also capped 45 times with the Italian national football team, and scored 2 goals. He was one of the players in the Italian squad, although he did not play, that won the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain. Pietro also played 3 games at 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy, where he won third place. He is also the oldest goalscorer in the history of the Italian national team: he scored in a qualification match against Malta on March 24, 1993 which ended in a 6–1 win for the Azzurri. Vierchowod competed for Italy at the 1984 Summer Olympics.