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Salvador Cabanas
Country: Paraguay
Club: Club America
Position: Striker
Age: 29

Cabanas began his career with local Paraguayan side 12 de Octubre, immediately catching the eye of coach Alicio Solalinde. The striker's powerful physique and deadly accuracy in front of goal were already on show as he scored 17 goals in his first season.

Although he was still learning his trade when he joined Chilean side Audax Italiano in 2001, 'Chava' scored 18 goals in 17 games to win the top goalscorer award in the 2003 Apertura.

After three years in Chile, Cabanas moved to Jaguares in Mexico, the country where he would really come into his own. Jaguares, who were only formed a year before Cabanas joined, won the 2004 Mexican Clausura title, and this was largely down to the Paraguayan's 15 goals for the club.

'Sanson' couldn't stop scoring for Jaguares, firing in goals with both feet and posing a danger in the air despite his height, and ended up with a strike rate that was better than a goal every two games (59 in 103).

The Paraguayan striker's performances were not going unnoticed by his national team, and Anibal Ruiz handed him his debut for La Albirroja in 2004. Nor were other clubs blind to Cabanas' potential, and in 2006 he joined the likes of Cuauhtemoc Blanco and Claudio Lopez at Mexican giants Club America.

Cabanas repaid America's faith in him by scoring seven goals in the 2007 Clausura along with another 10 in the Copa Libertadores, making him top scorer in South America's version of the Champions League. His tally was up to 33 by the end of the year, earning him the South American Footballer of the Year award. Only Tresor Mputu scored more goals than Cabanas in 2007, according to the IFFHS.

'Chava' was top scorer in South America's premier club competition once again the following year, scoring eight goals as America made the semi-finals. On the international scene, he was coming out of the shadow of Jose Cardozo and Roque Santa Cruz, scoring crucial goals in World Cup qualifiers against the likes of Brazil and Colombia. In January 2010, the 29-year-old scored his 100th goal in the Mexican Primera Division against Santos Laguna.

Cabanas' stocky build makes him a handful for defenders, as many across South America will testify to, in addition to the fact that the Paraguayan is equally adept at striking the ball with either foot.


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