Tuesday June 30, 2020 ((rezonodwes.com)) – Edinson Cavani will remain for a long time the top scorer of PSG before the superstars Ibrahimovic, Neymar or Mbappé: failure to announce a contract extension , the Uruguayan is on his way to a secret exit to Paris on Wednesday, where he will leave supporters conquered, failing a European coronation.
The end of his adventure, precipitated by the coronavirus and the stopping of competitions , was not the one dreamed of by its thousands of fans. But whatever “Ney”, “Kyky” or Captain Thiago Silva, even when he was a replacement, the darling in Paris is “Edi”!
A time relegated behind rookie Mauro Icardi in the attacking hierarchy, the Uruguayan (33 years old) managed to remain the favorite of the Parisian public.
Last episode marking before this deadline of June 30, synonymous with the end of his contract unless improbable last minute deal? His 200th goal scored in front of his audience at the end of February against Bordeaux (4-3) in the most total fervor and which consecrated him as the best scorer in the history of the club, far ahead of Zlatan Ibrahimovic (156 goals).  “It's wonderful for me. I thank them for the warmth, for the love they give me, in difficult times, in moments of joy, “he said, after receiving the tribute from his teammates, supporters and the club, who presented him with a special trophy. A moment that resonates today as a farewell ceremony before time …
– From awkward to “Matador” –
How to explain such an idyll? “When the Ultras returned to the Park in 2016 (after six years of absence, note), Zlatan Ibrahimovic was no longer there and the man in good shape was Cavani. There is also its simple, accessible side, which has created real communion, “confides to AFP Philippe Goguet, founder of the Culture PSG site.
An extreme passion which led to one of the most serious controversies since the arrival with great fanfare of Neymar in the summer of 2017: the question of the official shooter of the team's penalties, a “penaltygate” against Lyon in September 2017 that the Brazilian N. 10 will take time to digest… However, upon his arrival in 2013 for a sum of EUR 63.5 million, Cavani, crowned with a flattering reputation in Naples, must contend with the imposing shadow of Ibrahimovic, undisputed star of the Qatari project.  Exiled on the left of the attack to leave all the light to “Ibra”, the Uruguayan gnaws his brakes without complaining. Whistled for his technical clumsiness, he ends up returning the supporters thanks to a defensive sacrifice and an extraordinary sense of goal. The birth of the “Matador”. Cavani “never cheated on his physical investment with a gift of self put at the service of the club. With his long hair, he represents well the South American warrior aspect, the famous + grinta + “, analyzes Philippe Goguet.
– Hunting, fishing, nature and finishing –
To the point that his delays after the end of year celebrations spent in Uruguay are quickly forgiven. Like his repeated failures in the Champions League, the only trophy he did not win with Paris. Discreet about his private life, Cavani is a UFO in the galaxy of “foot-business” where the number of “followers” has become as important as individual statistics.
Far from the worldly feasts popular with Neymar and his other “Latino” team members, “Edi” is ready to wet the shirt if necessary, even if he prefers to spend his free time in a pond in search of catfish, in Rambouillet or in Salto, his hometown , to “release the pressure.”
An “anti-system” image that he cultivated even during the Paris club's commercial tour of China last summer during an improvised fishing party.
“Fishing , it's all I love! “, He had confided on the site of the club. “Fishing is like football. You have to wait for the right moment, the right moment … like an attacker!
For the Uruguayan, the time has apparently come to leave PSG. Before, perhaps, meeting Paris on the continental scene in the future, via a last big contract with a large European club?
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