The Silent Struggle: Edinson Cavani’s Goal Drought at Boca Juniors

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On July 29, Boca Juniors formalized the arrival of Edinson Cavani (36 years old). After just one season in Valencia (5 goals in 25 La Liga matches), the Uruguayan striker signed a one and a half year contract with the Xeneizes, before being presented with great fanfare to the Bombonera with the blue and yellow jersey flocked with the number 10 worn by club legends. The dream of the Porteño club was finally coming true. Boca’s interest in the former Parisian dated since Cavani’s departure from PSG and this time, all the planets were aligned.

“I am happy for many reasons. Boca is the biggest club in South America and one of the biggest in the world. Arriving at a club like that always motivates you. There was always contact and a chance to come back”, declared El Matador, delighted to begin his first adventure in Argentina. The fairy tale even started in the best way with Cavani scoring on the first day of the championship against Platanes (3-1) on August 18. But since then, radio silence. At a time when Boca Juniors are preparing to challenge Palmeiras in the semi-final first leg of the Copa Libertadores, the team of vice-president Juan Roman Riquelme must deal with a flagship recruit who has been silent for eight matches.

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Not easy since Cavani was recruited to help Boca win a continental title which has eluded the Club has not gone unnoticed. Pointed out, the person concerned sends his messages on his Instagram account. “No relaxation. Always move forward with faith, guys. » Motivated, Cavani has demonstrated during his career that he is not the type to give up. And on the club side, Juan Roman Riquelme obviously refuses to put pressure on his star, three days before the clash against Palmeiras. Asked by ESPNthe former Villarreal player still seems on cloud nine when he sees Cavani wearing the blue and yellow tunic.

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“For me, seeing Cavani wear our club’s jersey is a dream. Seeing him every time I arrive at the club and seeing how happy he is, greeting him and hugging him. Every day, I tell myself that Cavani plays for our club. At 36, the man loves competition. We can blame him for having or not having chances. It’s a wonderful thing for young players, for Zeballos, Barco, Medina, Equi Fernandez, Langoni, it’s wonderful to have him and I hope they can enjoy it and learn from him. We are three matches from the final and if we want to reach the final we will have to play a great defensive and offensive game, both at home and in Brazil, but the most important thing is to win at home. We have to think only about Thursday’s game, about winning it, and from Friday onwards we will think about the rest. » And if Cavani could join the party, Riquelme would be even happier.

Pub. 09/26/2023 2:26 p.m. Updated 09/26/2023 2:48 p.m.

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