We’re just two games into the 2013 season but Yokohama F.Marinos striker Marquinhos has already bagged himself five goals.
There was a slight concern that having chopped off his trademark ponytail he may suffer from a Samson-esque loss of power but that has not proven to be the case and his handful of goals have come from just nine attempts.
The J.League has of course been home to many Brazilian stars over the years but the 36-year-old – whose real name is Marcos Gomes De Araujo – is arguably the one who has made the longest lasting contribution, especially in front of goal.
Here’s a rundown of his impressive roll of honour.
2001 and 2002 seasons:
Marquinhos got his J.League career underway with 10 goals in 29 league appearances for Tokyo Verdy, plus one for good measure in the Nabisco Cup.
In his first stint at Yokohama F.Marinos Marquinhos managed to register eight league goals and four in the Nabisco Cup as his side secured their second J1 title.
Marquinhos moved to JEF United for this season and continued to find the back of the net, plundering an outstanding 12 goals in just 14 league appearances, and another in the Nabisco.
2005 and 2006:
Shimizu S-Pulse were next on the Brazilian’s whistle-stop tour of Japan and he didn’t forget to pack his shooting boots for this move, producing 20 goals in 43 league appearances for S-Pulse, also netting three in five when called into Nabisco Cup action.
Without doubt the most successful spell of his J.League career, Marquinhos scored 59 goals in 119 league games for Antlers as they dominated J1. As well as picking up three league titles and two Emperor’s Cup winners medals he also had to clear space in his trophy cabinet for the 2008 Top Scorer and Most Valuable Player awards.
Marquinhos signed for Vegalta Sendai in 2011 but cancelled his contract after the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11th, although he returned to the country last year for another stint at Marinos, scoring 10 times in 22 league appearances.