Why Edinson Cavani guarantees goals
One thing Edinson Cavani has always delivered is goals - the stats show just how effective the Manchester United new boy is in terms of putting the ball in the back of the net.
The Uruguayan legend completed a move as a free agent to Old Trafford on Monday, after leaving Paris Saint-Germain. He faces the prospect of a swift reunion with the French club in the Champions League later this month, with PSG sure to pay respect to their all-time leading marksman.
In total, he hit a remarkable 200 goals for the Ligue 1 champions in 301 appearances.
Opta stats have indicated that only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have more strikes to their name in Europe's top five leagues than Cavani, since the centre-forward first made his mark with Palermo in 2007.
250 - Since Edinson Cavani made his Palermo debut in March 2007, only Lionel Messi (432) and Cristiano Ronaldo (416) have scored more goals in Europe's top five leagues than the Uruguayan (250). Devil. pic.twitter.com/l7jWdtXp2t— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 6, 2020
The South American is joined on the top-scorers list by Manchester City attacker Sergio Aguero and former Red Zlatan Ibrahimovic, somebody whose impact at Old Trafford he will be looking to emulate.
He scored 104 times in only 138 games during a fruitful spell at Napoli before playing alongside Zlatan at PSG.
Cavani has also delivered on the international front, notching 50 goals for Uruguay from his 116 caps, so there is no doubting his pedigree.
Although Cavani has not played since March, it is believed he is in top shape and there must be hope he is available soon for selection, particularly with Anthony Martial suspended for the next three Premier League matches in the wake of his red card against Tottenham.
The Reds' fixtures this month read away to Newcastle United (17 October), the tie at PSG (20 October), a home clash with Chelsea (24 October) and a second Champions League clash, against RB Leipzig at Old Trafford (28 October).
Previously compared to a viking for his warrior-like qualities by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the Uruguayan will provide a wealth of class and experience.