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Giancarlo Maldonado

Huge honour for Giancarlo Maldonado – as the top goalscorer across the Americas last season, the 25-year-old Venezuelan was presented with the “Americas Golden Boot” by Spanish newspaper Don Balon in Caracas at the end of May. The striker, who is under contract with Mexican club Atlante, scored 26 goals in total. Giancarlo’s predatory instincts in the box can be traced back to his father Carlos, also a striker and scorer of Venezuela’s historic first-ever goal against Brazil in the Copa America in 1989. Carlos Maldonado is now a coach and recently led Deportivo Tachira to the Clausura league title.