Club: Club Atlético Boca Juniors
Number: 9 | 18 (in WC 2010)
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- Martin Palermo earned his recall to the Argentina side by doing what he does best: scoring goals, and lots of them. Boca Juniors’ all-time top scorer with 218 in all, El Loco endured a frustrating time in his first spell in the blue and white striped jersey, during which he had the misfortune to miss three penalties in a 1999 Copa America tie against Colombia. Having put that unwanted hat-trick behind him, Palermo found redemption ten years later when Diego Maradona restored him to the Albiceleste line-up. The free-scoring striker repaid his coach by hitting a late winner against Peru last October, the goal that finally cleared Argentina’s path to South Africa 2010.
Palermo began his prolific club career at Estudiantes. Two seasons after helping Los Pincharratas win promotion to the first division in 1995, he joined Boca Juniors, where he has acquired the status of a legend. In two different spells with Los Xeneizes, in between which came a brief sojourn in Spain, he has collected the small matter of six league titles, two Copa Libertadores, a Copa Intercontinental, two Copa Sudamericanas and three Recopa Sudamericanas.
Following Palermo's recall, Maradona handed him the captaincy for a number of friendlies held on home soil, although that goal against Peru is undoubtedly the crowning moment of his international career to date. Dubbed "St Palermo" by his national coach, the Boca striker has an insatiable appetite for goals and can cause all sort of problems for defences in the air, having honed his prodigious leap playing volleyball in his early years.
Argentina: 15 appearances | 9 goals
1991-1997 Estudiantes LP 93 appearances | 34 goals
1997-2000 Boca Juniors 102 appearances | 81 goals
2000-2003 Villarreal C.F. 70 appearances | 18 goals
2003-2004 Real Betis 11 appearances | 2 goals
2004 Deportivo Alavés 14 appearances | 3 goals
2004-2010 Boca Juniors 178 appearances | 98 goals
Trophies & Titles:
1994-1995 Primera B Nacional - Estudiantes LP
1998 Apertura Primera División Argentina - Boca Juniors
1999 Clausura Primera División Argentina - Boca Juniors
2000 Copa Libertadores - Boca Juniors
2000 Apertura Primera División Argentina - Boca Juniors
2000 Intercontinental Cup - Boca Juniors
2004 Copa Sudamericana - Boca Juniors
2005 Apertura Primera División Argentina - Boca Juniors
2005 Copa Sudamericana - Boca Juniors
2005 Recopa Sudamericana - Boca Juniors
2006 Recopa Sudamericana - Boca Juniors
2006 Clausura Primera División Argentina - Boca Juniors
2007 Copa Libertadores - Boca Juniors
2008 Apertura Primera División Argentina - Boca Juniors
2008 Recopa Sudamericana - Boca Juniors
*1998 - Primera División top-scorer: Apertura (19 goals in 20 Match)
*1998 - South American Footballer of the Year
*2000 - Man of the Match Incontinental Match (2 goals al Real Madrid)
*2007 - Primera División top-scorer Clausura
*2008 - American Golden Shoe - 24 goals
*2008 - Voted best in the world header, an Internet consultation between fans organized by FIFA.
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- *Tied for 7th place of All Time in a Career among the Argentine league Primera División Top Scorers with 215 goals (34 with Estudiantes and 181 with Boca Juniors)
*He is in the Guinness book of records for having missed three penalty kicks in the same match, against Colombia in Copa América 1999.
*Martín has been Boca's most frequent top scorer 14 times.
*Martín Palermo is Boca Junior's top scorer in international matches with 43 goals, 15 more than 2nd place Rodrigo Palacio.
*Martín surpassed Francisco Varallo to become the top scorer in the professional era among Boca's top scorers with 224 Goals. (181 in Primera división Argentine tournaments and 43 in international tournaments)
*Palermo is in 1st place among Boca's all-time top scorers with 224 goals, after having surpassed the 221 goal mark of Roberto Cherro.
*Currently, with 213 goals scored, is the eighth top scorer of the First Division history of Argentina.
*Holds the record for most goals in a short tournament of the First Division of Argentina (20 goals in the Torneo Apertura 1998)
*Martin Palermo is the leading scorer in La Bombonera (119 goals).
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- *On April 24, 1999 converted a penalty kick with both feet against Plate in a 2-0 victory in the Torneo Clausura. At the time of executing the penaltys, slipped and caused the ball hit him in both feet and is a goal.
* On July 4, 1999 in the match between Argentina and Colombia for the Copa America Palermo missed three penalty kicks in the regular time, which was a Guinness Record.
*On November 13, 1999, in a game against Colon de Santa Fe, injured cruciate ligaments in his right knee. In that same match, injured, scored his 100th goal in the Primera Division. She was seven months idle back to play against River Plate in the second leg quarter-final of the Copa Libertadores 2000, May 24, 2000 in La Bombonera. At that meeting marked the third goal for his team in stoppage time which served to eliminate Boca Juniors to his rivals and classify the semi-finals of the Cup.
*On December 29, 2001 suffered a double fracture of tibia and fibula. It was at the match between Villarreal CF and Levante UD, after converting one goal was to celebrate with a group of fans and the pressure of them, a wall fell on his leg.
*On February 2007 he became a goal from 61 meters to the Independent. The match ended 3-1 in favor of Boca.
*On May 2, 2007 he became a goal in the victory Velez Sarsfield 3-0 in the first leg of the second round of the Copa Libertadores, beating Guillermo Barros Schelotto, with 25 goals, as top scorer Boca Juniors in international tournaments.
*On March 18, 2007 against Gimnasia y Esgrima de La Plata, Martín Palermo became for the first time in his career four goals in one game. The game was played at La Bombonera ended 5-1 in favor of the premises. In that week I had made three goals to his former club Estudiantes, totaling seven goals in seven days.
*On January 26, 2008, in a friendly match against River Plate Pentagonal the Summer Tournament, scored the second goal for his team hung from the crossbar. That game his team eventually won 2-0
*On August 24, 2008 against Club Atlético Lanús, Palermo again suffers cruciate ligament rupture of the right leg (the same as in 1999), an injury that left him inactive for six months
*On March 1, 2009 became the top scorer for Boca in the professionalism with 195 goals scored in the Huracán marcarcarle with what happened to Francisco Varallo, who has 194 points.
*On October 4, 2009 became the tenth player to reach 200 goals mark in the professional era of the First Division of Argentina which both reached that figure did Velez Sarsfield, for Apertura Tournament, head first 38.9 meters, making it the longest of the header from a greater distance.
*On October 29, 2009, converted to a torrential downpour the winning goal in the qualifiers against Peru in the 48th minute of the second half. With that goal Argentina went from being almost eliminated in qualifying for the WC 2010.
*On March 2, 2010, became one of the two top scorers in the history of Boca after becoming a goal to Velez Sarsfield, who finished 4-4, tying the record of Robert Cherro with 218 goals.
*On April 12, 2010, Martin Palermo has established itself as the leading scorer in the history of Boca after winning two goals against Arsenal de Sarandi, surpassing the record of Robert Cherro, totaling 220 goals in a match in which Boca won by 4-0.
*On May 19, 2010 was convened by Diego Maradona, coach of the Argentina soccer team to contest the World Cup 2010.
*On June 22, 2010, during the World Cup, Martin becomes the second goal for Argentina against Greece and in this way, with its 36 years becomes the oldest rookie to score World Cup for the Argentine national team in World Cup.
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