Claudio Pizarro… What a blast from the past he is for Chelsea fans.
Although, we do have to admit that it was not necessarily a fun one at that.
The Peruvian forward arrived in England with a prolific goalscoring record in tow, however, it seems he forgot to put it in his suitcase when he left the Bundesliga for the Premier League.
Having joined for Chelsea on a free transfer from Bayern Munich in 2007 (Telegraph), there was plenty of optimism surrounding just how good the South American could turn out for the Blues as they looked to add firepower to their ranks.
A goalscoring record of 138 goals in 332 appearances across all competitions in an eight-year spell with Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich would have got many jumping out of their seat with excitement.
However, as so many of the Chelsea faithful have had to witness over the years in SW6, Pizarro was just another striker that promised so much but actually provided so little during his time in west London.
Playing in just one full season for the Blues (before being loaned back out to Werder Bremen, who subsequently acquired him permanently once again in 2009), the Peruvian hitman (if you could call him that) managed to hit the back of the net twice. Yeah, a paltry two times in 32 appearances. Talk about anti-climactic.
What was even more ridiculous from the Chelsea fans point of view was that he found his shooting boots back in Germany! During his loan spell, Pizarro netted 17 times in just 26 Bundesliga matches and helped Bremen to a UEFA Cup Final in 2009; although he could not help them avoid defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk.
As mentioned, the club took him back permanently and he continued his fine form as he continued to score a number of goals each year. Figures of 16, 14 and 18 followed him before he made a return to Bayern Munich.
He found goals hard to come by during his second stint with the Bavarians, however, that did not stop him joining Werder Bremen for another spell, before a move to FC Koln and then back (back!) to Bremen for the fourth time.
It would be easy to think that he was now retired, but, alas he is not! He is in his fourth spell at the Bundesliga outfit at the young age of 40-years-old and recently signed a new deal to remain with the club for another season (Bundesliga official site)! Pizarro does not know when to stop!
Fair play to him! If we could still be playing professional football (or even had the chance to do so for that matter) at his age, we’d be chuffed to bits!
But, the fact that he is still playing at 40 is not the most remarkable of things.
As many footballers do these days, Pizarro has a vested interest in horse racing and has over 50 in his stable, co-owning one that we know of. And, it is rather surprising who he shares that ownership with… a certain Joey Barton (football365).
How the pair met/know each other is beyond us.
Chelsea fans, what do you make of Pizarro’s time at the club? Let us know below!