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Figure Of The Month – 7

… the number of goals scored by Brazilian striker Afonso Alves for his club Heerenveen in their win over Heracles in a Dutch league match on 7 October. The game ended 9-0, meaning that Alves had been responsible for all but two of the goals scored. Alves was voted last season’s footballer of year in the Netherlands after netting an astonishing 34 goals in 31 games. The Brazilian international then came to loggerheads with the club’s board because he would have liked to have moved to a bigger club and when no suitor was prepared to meet Heerenveen’s asking price, he went on temporary strike. In fact, the match against Heracles was only Alves’ second appearance of the season. His seven goals also took him to second place in the goalscoring charts at a single stroke.