Edinson Cavani Has Now Scored in Four of Europe’s Top Five Leagues

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Former Manchester United star Edinson Cavani has become the fifth South American footballer to score in four of the top five European league tournaments.

The 35-year-old Uruguayan striker Cavani registered his first goal for Valencia in a 2-2 La Liga draw against Elche on Saturday, October 15.

The visitors threw the first punch after Pere Milla converted a penalty that was awarded to Elche in the 29th minute of the first half.

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Cavani netted two goals for Valencia.

The former United striker scored a 41st-minute equalizer via a penalty, before putting Valencia into a 2-1 lead followed by a stoppage-time header in the first half of the La Liga match at Mestalla stadium.

Valencia’s 2-1 lead didn’t last long before the host was jabbed back by Pere Milla’s second goal in the 65th minute of the game.

Whereas, Edinson Cavani’s stunning goals for Valencia have made the ex-United star the fifth South American player in the 21st century to score in four out of five of Europe’s top leagues followed by Alexis Sanchez, James Rodríguez, Philippe Coutinho, and Angel Di Maria.

The 35-year-old Uruguayan striker, Edinson Cavani has scored in Serie A while he was at Palermo and Napoli. He netted in Ligue 1 for Paris Saint-Germain, where he was the club’s highest goal scorer, and in the English Premier League for Manchester United.

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The two goals Cavani scored against Elche came in his fourth match for Valencia after the Uruguayan joined the club from Manchester United this year in August 29.

Who is Edinson Cavani?

Edinson Roberto Cavani is a Uruguayan professional footballer who currently plays as a striker for the La Liga club Valencia and the Uruguay national team.

Edinson Cavani
Edinson Cavani in Manchester United Jersey

The 35-year-old former United star is a renowned goal scorer who was given the nickname El Matador (The Bullfighter).

Cavani is famously reckoned as one of the best football strikers of this generation and he’s admired for his intelligent movement off the ball, clinical finishing, and heading ability.

Cavani current club

Edinson Cavani currently plays for the La Liga club Valencia. On 22nd of May 2022, Manchester United interim-manager, Ralf Rangnick confirmed that Cavani would be leaving Old Trafford when his contract expired in October.

Meanwhile, Valencia announced the signing of Cavani from Manchester United with a two-year contract on the 29th of August, 2022.

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Cavani Career Goals

Famous for his prowess to score acrobatic goals, Edinson Cavani has scored 213 goals in Serie A, 200 goals in Ligue 1, 41 goals in Premier League, and 5 goals in La Liga.

He made his Uruguay debut in 2008 as he scored in a 2-2 draw against Colombia, and he has so far scored 58 goals in 133 appearances for his country.

Cavani’s wife

Cavani was first married to Maria Soledad Cabris Yarrús, with whom they both had two sons, Bautista and Lucas.

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Cavani’s ex-wife Maria Soledad Cabris Yarrús

However, in 2013, the Uruguay striker disclosed that he and his wife were to get a divorce, following a split between the couple in 2012.

Cavani’s new girlfriend is Jocelyn Burgardt. She is a famous samba dancer who allegedly met Edinson Cavani in a parade in La Bella Union City and the two soon started dating in 2015.

Cavani’s new girlfriend Jocelyn Burgardt

Cavani and his new girlfriend both have a daughter, India Cavani who was born in 2019.

Cavani’s racial statement and penalty

The former United striker Cavani was banned for three matches by the English Football Association for using a racial phrase on his Instagram post.

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Cavani reposted a message to a friend after he netted twice for United in the 3-2 victory over Southampton on November 29, 2020.

The Uruguayan wrote in Spanish, “gracias, negrito”, which can be interpreted as racist in the United Kingdom.

However, he quickly deleted the post after he was made aware of the meaning, and apologized the next day saying he “completely opposed to racism”.

Whereas, the Football Association charged the United striker with “misconduct for a breach of FA Rule E3” following his social media racial post and he was banned for three games with a fine of 100000 pounds ($136590).

Why is Cavani not in FIFA 21?

Edinson Cavani was not a Manchester United player in FIFA 21 yet as the Uruguayan striker was still a free agent when the FIFA 21 was first released.

Cavani was without a club after leaving PSG when his contract expired in August 2020. His transfer to Manchester United was later confirmed as being successful on the 5th of October, 2020 after FIFA 21 was already launched.

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