Edinson Cavani Profile

Name Edinson Cavani
Born Feb 14, 1987
Age 34 years
Birthplace Salto, Uruguay
Height 6ft

Considered something of a gamble by Manchester United, the veteran Uruguayan striker has shown signs of replicating his glory days at Paris Saint-Germain.

Edinson Cavani is a Uruguayan soccer player who plays as a striker for Manchester United. He has previously played for Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain, as well as Danubio and Palermo.

Cavani came to prominence at Napoli, where he struck an onfield rapport with fellow attackers Marek Hamsik and Ezequiel Lavezzi.

Cavani won the 2011 Copa America tournament with Uruguay and was Serie A top scorer with Napoli in 2012/13. He moved to Paris Saint-Germain from Napoli in 2013.

At PSG, Cavani became a club icon, netting 138 times in 200 Ligue 1 appearances and winning six titles.

Cavani moved to Manchester United at the beginning of the 2020/21 season.

Move to Man United

Cavani signed for Manchester United on a free transfer from PSG on October 5, 2020. He was handed the famous number 7 shirt, worn by club legends in the past including David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo and George Best.

The Uruguayan made his Premier League debut off the bench on October 24 against Chelsea. The game finished in a 0-0 draw, but Cavani posed problems for the Chelsea defence in a sign of what was to come.

Cavani scored his first Premier League goal in a 3-1 win against Everton at Goodison Park on November 7, 2020. Just over three weeks later, on November 29, he scored twice, including the winning goal, in a vital 3-2 comeback victory over Southampton.

The merits of Manchester United's decision to sign Cavani have been questioned in some quarters, with Arsenal legend Ian Wright among them. He said: "When you look back, you can go as far back as Henrik Larsson, they bring in that kind of maverick forward just to kind of plug gaps.

"You've got Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Radamel Falcao, now they've got Ighalo even and Cavani.

"When are they going to get it? Because they've got Cavani, but why didn’t they get Erling Haaland? Or Jadon Sancho?"

Success at Paris Saint-Germain

Cavani signed for PSG straight off the back of being the top scorer in Italy's Serie A during the 2012/13 season. That campaign saw him net 29 times for Napoli, beating Antonio Di Natale to the top scorer's prize by six goals.

The Uruguayan’s first season in France saw him score 16 goals in 30 Ligue 1 matches en route to winning the title. He scored 18 goals in the following season and 19 in the one after that as PSG won the title in each of those campaigns.

PSG endured a difficult campaign in 2016/17. Zlatan Ibrahimovic left Paris for Manchester United in 2016, which effectively left Cavani as the lone star of the PSG attacking line. He stepped up to the plate with 35 goals in 36 Ligue 1 appearances, but the champions lost their title to a Kylian Mbappe-inspired AS Monaco.

In 2017, Neymar signed for PSG for an unprecedented 222million. Cavani's status as the star of the team was under threat, but he kept performing admirably despite reports of tension between the two players. PSG also signed Mbappe on loan in a deal from Monaco which would later become permanent.

Cavani scored his 157th goal for PSG in January 2018 in a 4-0 win over Montpellier, surpassing Zlatan Ibrahimovic's club record goal tally.

He scored 28 league goals in 2017/18 and then a further 18 in 2018/19. However, Cavani only scored four goals in 14 appearances in 2019/20, his final season at the club. He left alongside fellow long-serving team-mate Thiago Silva at the end of the campaign.

Edinson Cavani and Uruguay

Cavani has been one of the most important national team players in the modern era for Uruguay.

He scored an impressive goal on his debut, a 2-2 draw with Colombia on February 6, 2008. Having made the squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, Cavani assisted Luis Suarez in a 1-0 group stage win over Mexico and netted in a 3-2 defeat to Germany in the third-place playoff.

In 2011, Cavani was part of the Uruguay side which won the Copa America. He went on to perform consistently for Oscar Tabarez's side over the next decade, scoring more than 50 times for his country.

In 2015, Cavani was involved in a controversial incident in Uruguay's Copa America quarter-final against Chile, flicking the face of Gonzalo Jara in retaliation after his buttocks were poked and receiving a red card.

Generally speaking, the public response to the incident was one of sympathy towards Cavani. Jara was banned for three Chile matches as a result of provoking Cavani, but nevertheless, Chile won the game 1-0 and went on to win the Copa America. Cavani, meanwhile, was suspended for two matches by the South American Football Federation.

Celebrating a goal at the 2014 FIFA World Cup with Uruguay teammate Luis Suarez

Personal life

Cavani holds an Italian passport as a result of his Italian heritage and his time playing club football in the country. His grandparents were from there but migrated to Argentina and then Montevideo. Nevertheless, he has represented Uruguay since youth level.

Cavani has two sons with ex-wife Maria Soledad Cabris Yarrus. In 2019, he had a daughter with girlfriend Jocelyn Burgardt.

Cavani idolised Argentina's Gabriel Batistuta as a child. Speaking to FIFA.com, he said: "Batistuta wasn’t a typical striker. A powerful footballer who was incredibly effective in front of goal. I always tried to copy him. I still do, a little bit."

The striker is an evangelical Christian with a passion for ballet.

Edinson Cavani's net worth

Cavani's precise net worth is unclear. However, in 2018, Forbes listed him as number 20 on their World's Highest-Paid Soccer Players list. According to Forbes, Cavani brought in earnings of $19.5million.

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