There were tussles, ignorance and centre piece of attraction – Edinson Cavani have gone through all of this since his arrival at PSG from Napoli in 2013. The Uruguan forward finally enjoed his 100th goal mark in Ligue 1 with PSG 5-0 win over Angers on Saturday.
Cavani was ignored during Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s spell at Parc des Princes, then he was centre piece of attraction last season being the only one spearheading the Paris saint-Germain attack, and then Neymar & Kylian Mbappe arrived at PSG to bring in tussles.
There were issues between the world’s priciest player Neymar and already established Edinson Cavani in initial days, but Cavani finally finds the solace in his every week performance. The Uruguayan knew that arrival of Neymar will harm his reputation at the club and he’ll have to fight for his respect. Here comes the new season and Cavani finds the net 13 times in the Ligue 1 in only 11 appearances.
Neymar’s absence was Cavani’s opportunity to grab the limelight and the Uruguayan grabbed the opportunity with both hands. He scored the double in 5-0 victory over Angers to take his Ligue 1 goal tally to 101. It took him 145 appearances to score 100 goals and find himself on second position in club’s top goal scorer list.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is club’s leading goal scorer with 113 goals and Cavani is only 12 shy of him to emulate the feat. Cavani’s tally of 100 goals in two different leagues also helped them to become the third person to do so. Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Juventus Gonzalo Higuain are the first and second to achieve the feat in Serie A & Ligue 1 and La Liga & Serie A respectively.
Cavani ensures he is no longer interested in individual success. He said in his post match interview as goal reports, “I try to give everything for my team. Football is like that. Today we are here, but afterwards, we don’t know. I give the maximum. If things go well, I’m happy for myself, for the team, for the club, for the fans. But I don’t play to be a legend. I play of the pleasure, for the passion that I have as a football player.”