Salvador Cabanas From Paraguay: Goal Machine
Currently one of the best forwards in Latin America, an idol in Mexico, shy and retiring off the pitch and highly dangerous on it, 27-year-old Paraguayan Salvador Cabanas is his country’s most famous export.
Ashrinking violet off the pitch, Salvador Cabanas Ortega’s personality is transformed as soon as he steps onto the pitch. His silence is frequently broken by his goal celebrations and his aggressive, powerful and determined playing style makes it impossible for him to go unnoticed by team-mates and opponents alike.
Mexican club America’s star striker is now one of the players of the moment after his career rook off internationally in 2007. The first half of the year saw him top the Copa Libertadores scoring charts with ten goals, despite the fact that the Aguiias [Eagles] only reached the quarter¬finals. With a strike rate – of 1.43 goals per game, he is one of only 18 players to have scored ten or more goals in a single continental tournament.
In the second half of the year, he was on the verge of also being top scorer in the Copa Sudameriicano and thus completing an unprecedented dual feat. On top of his performances at club level, he has become a regular fixture for his country, Paraguay, after previously only featuring sporadically. Mis form at the 2007 Copa America in Venezuela, at which he scored three goals, finally won over Paraguay coach Gerardo Martin and he has been ever present in the four qualifiers for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa” that Paraguay have played so far.
“They sign me to score goals and that’s what I always try to do,” is the blunt statement of intent on which Cabanas has built his career.