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Edinson Cavani finally getting out of Ibrahimovic’s shadow

Milos Markovic in Editorial, Ligue 1 26 Jan 2017

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The Uruguay international Edinson Cavani insisted that Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s move to Manchester United had no effect on his decision to remain with Paris Saint Germain.

Yet, the end of Cavani’s frustrations in the French capital coincided with Zlatan’s departure and numbers which followed offer clear indication that Uruguay striker is currently thriving without the Swedish forward under the limelight.

Cavani’s Season

The 2016-17 is definitely the season of Edinson Cavani.

The PSG striker is enjoying a rich vein of form for his club and his impressive goalscoring exploits this term have made him the first player in Europe’s top five leagues to score 20 goals this season.

It took only 18 Ligue 1 matches for Cavani to reach the milestone number on his tally as he struck a brace to help his team to a victory over Nantes on Saturday.

Two weekend goals took Cavani well in front of the competition, with Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang trailing by four goals. Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi is the third player on the list with 15 goals on his tally, whereas Lyon striker Alexander Lacazette is on the same number as the Nerazzurri forward.

Cavani’s rate of 74 minutes per goal is just another indicator of his impressive record and influence this season, which once again – and arguably for the first time since 2011 – puts the Uruguay international at the centre stage of the European football.

Struggles Are Over

Edinson Cavani is at the perfect place and time to enjoy the best moments of his attacking career as 29 years of age are universally considered the ripe years for forward players.

Still, Edinson Cavani will have to work hard to surpass the zenith of six years ago, when the Uruguay international rattled the nets wearing a Napoli shirt in the Serie A.

With 33 goals for his club already scored in the season, Cavani headed out to the Copa America where his inspiring performances and Luis Suarez’s assistance guided Uruguay to their 15th Copa America victory, which remains a tournament record to this date.

Former Palermo man did not go below the 23-goal mark in his last three seasons with Partenopei in the Serie A which is why 15, 18 and 19 goals in three respective seasons for Paris Saint-Germain were considered underachievement.

Cavani was displeased himself, as Zlatan Ibrahimovic kept stealing all of the glory, leading his team forward and annoying his teammate, who struggled to keep his frustrations hidden.

With Ibrahimovic out of the picture, Cavani has already surpasses the last-season’s tally and with plenty of games still left to be played – sky is the limit for the reborn forward.

Record-Breaker

Edinson Cavani’s flying form continues and his brace against Nantes at the weekend was followed by another two goals for PSG in Tuesday’s Coupe de la Ligue victory over Bordeaux.

The Uruguay international took his tally to 109 club goals, which saw him level the score with club legend Pauleta, who was the star at the Parc de Princes from 2003 to 2008.

With a renewed self-belief and glowing confidence in his performances, Edinson Cavani has set his sights on – none other than – Zlatan and his all-time goalscoring record.

Cavani is 47 goals short from Ibra’s record tally of 156 goals in all competitions for PSG, but seeing that former Napoli man is back to his best for the Ligue 1 champions, no bar is set to high.

The next opportunity for Cavani to increase his goal tally comes on Sunday when Paris Saint-Germain are playing a derby match against Monaco. Currently sitting in third place in the standings, three points adrift of the Ligue 1 leaders, PSG will be looking to make a good use of the 4/6 betting odds they are given to claim a victory.

And don’t doubt for a second that Cavani will give his best to score and help his team to another win – potentially seventh in a row.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Milos Markovic


Formerly a Chief Editor at the largest sports site in Serbia Sportske.net, Milos Markovic is an avid football writer who contributes to a variety of online football magazines - most prominently Soccernews.com and Futbolgrad.com. His feature articles, editorials, interviews and match analyses have provided informed opinion and views, helping the football aficionados keep up to date on relevant events in world football.

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