Evidently not satisfied with the glory of being named the best player of the World Cup, Diego Forlán has now set his next objective. The Uruguayan wonder striker aims to enter Atleti’s top all-time goalscorer list this forthcoming season, an achievement that would further cement his name in club history.
To date, the lethal attacker has tallied 86 official goals (one goal every 144 minutes) in three seasons of donning the red and white shirt, sitting 15th on the list and inching him ever closer to rojiblanco idol Fernando Torres’ 89 official strikes.
The 31-year old forward has a very realistic chance of reaching number nine in the rankings in his fourth season in Madrid, given that only 18 goals separate him from Enrique Collar, the current occupant who was banging them in during the 1950s and 60s. Even a mediocre campaign by the Charrúa’s standards of 12 goals would propel him to 10th, just ahead of Ruben Cano, Atlético striker from 1976 through 1982.
A repeat of last season’s 28 official goals would propel our Cachavacha to sixth on the list and a goal ahead of Atleti icon Adelardo Rodríguez Sánchez, an extraordinarily skillful midfielder that led the club to 3 Liga and 5 Copa del Rey titles in addition to the 1962 European Cup Winners’ Cup and the 1974 Intercontinental Cup in his 17 years with los Rojiblancos.
If predictions by international gambling houses tabbing Atlético to finish third this season come to fruition, surely Diego’s historical chart climbing will have something to do with it.
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