Edinson Roberto Cavani, born 14 February 1987, is a Uruguay professional footballer who plays as a striker for both the Uruguay natonal team and Paris Saint-Germain. Cavani is a very strong, prolific, opportunistic, and quick striker with good techniques, he has been described as a “modern striker.” Cavani is known for his ability to score impressive goals, both with his feet and in the air, and for his tireless work-rate; he’s also a very good set piece taker. Even though he naturally plays as a centre-forward, he is capable of playing in several offensive positions, and has also been used as a winger or a supporting striker.
After his break through at the 2007 South American Youth Championship, several big teams were reportedly interested in signing Cavani, including Milan and Juventus. However, Palermo’s chairman Maurizio Zamparini announced the signing of the promising Uruguayan on 29 January 2007. The bid which was then officially confirmed on 31 January 2007 for a fee of €4.475 million. Cabani made his debut on 11 March 2007 in a home encounter with Fiorentina, coming on in the 55th minute with his team 0-1 down and scoring an impressive equalizer only 15 minutes later, a goal reminiscent of Marco van Basten’s strike in the 1998 UEFA European football Championship final. In his second season with the Rosanero, Cavani found himself fighting for a first team football with Amauri and Fabrizio Miccoli.
After spending three years with Palermo, Cavani completed a 5-year deal with Napoli in July 2010. The transfer, however, was a loan of €5 million plus an obligation or option to buy outright for €12 million, which made the total fee €17 million. Cavani scored twice in his first start as Napoli beat Elfsborg 2-0 in the Europa league and qualified for the main tournament. He then started his Serie A tenure with Napoli in spectacular fashion, scoring a controversial goal against Fiorentina after just 7 minutes, with replays showing the ball hardly crossing the line. He also scored on his home debut against Bari before adding a late winner against Sampdoria, meaning he had scored in his first four competitive games with Napoli.
Cavani went on to spend three years with Napoli before joining French side Paris Saint-Germain on a 5-year deal, for a fee believed to be around €64 million, making him the sixth most expensive player in history. The reported fee made Cavani the most expensive player in French football, surpassing Radamel Falcao’s €60 million move to AS Monaco earlier in the summer, and saw him link up with former Napoli teammate Ezequiel Lavezzi in Paris.
Edinson Cavani is an Uruguayan international. He scored on his debut against Colombia on 6 February 2008, and has since then earned 80 caps scoring 30 international goals, only less than Diego Forlan and Luiz Suarez among Uruguayan internationals. He has participated in six major international tournaments: the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the 2011 Copa America, the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, the 2014 World Cup, the 2015 Copa America and the 2016 Copa America centurion. He scored once at the 2010 World Cup to help Uruguay to fourth place in the tournament, and in 2011 was part of the Uruguay squad that won a record of 15th Copa America title.
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