It has been more than two years since Claudio pizarro stopped playing professional football. After having saved the category with Werder Bremen in mid-2020 -in a rather complicated time of the pandemic- the ‘Bombardier of the Andes’ has not reappeared on the soccer fields, but this Saturday, September 24, after so much wait, he’ll do it again.
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The Peruvian will take refuge in the days of yore, put on the tops he hung up again and leave one last example of his exclusive goalscoring nose in his farewell game, a worthy one to put an end to his adventures in Germany.
Thus, this Saturday the Wesertadion will dress up to pay tribute to Claudio in a match that will face Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich, the two clubs in which he established himself as a true idol based on many goals.
In fact, Pizarro is the second top foreign scorer in the history of the Bundesliga with 197 goals in the 490 games he played. In the privileged table, he is only surpassed by Robert Lewandowski with 277 goals in 350 games. This is due to the enormous significance in the Peruvian’s farewell match.
It should be noted that in this special event, in addition to the two clubs mentioned, an international team will also participate, which will include various friends that the ‘Bombardier’ made throughout his career such as Oliver Kahn, Arjen Robben, Phillipp Lahm, Michael Ballack , Torsten Frings, Roque Santa Cruz, among others.
What is expected, then, is a real spectacle in Bremen, Germany. Surely, the Peruvian’s farewell will be at the same level -or close- to the tributes received by stars such as Diego Maradona, Zinedine Zidane, Javier Zanetti, among others, when they put an end to a glorious stage.
Diego Armando Maradona
Four years after hanging up his kicks, Diego Maradona had his farewell match at the legendary Bombonera, where more than 60,000 fans were present. The Peruvian Nolberto Solano was one of those who was present among all the figures of world football such as Javier Zanetti, Pablo Aimar, René Higuita, among others. After the spectacular tribute they paid him on the Boca field, “Pelusa” -excited- thanked all the love received and apologized for all his mistakes with a phrase that remained for history: “Yor I was wrong and paid, but the ball is not stained”.
On May 7, 2006, Zinedine Zidane said a big goodbye at the Santiago Bernabéu in a Real Madrid match against Villarreal (3-3) with his whole family present at the stadium. That day the French legend scored a goal and received many tributes from the club. Between tears, he thanked all the Madrid fans for their support in the five seasons in which he shone.
After 19 years and 16 titles conquered in that period, Javier Zanetti was honored andn Giuseppe Meazza in his last game as leader of Inter Milan. It was in a 4-1 win over Lazio that ‘Pupi’ put an end to his brilliant career. The applause that day was impressive. Each ball that the Argentine touched was accompanied by applause. And is not for less.
After a year of inactivity, on January 24, 2010, René Higuita had his farewell party in Medellín. In the presence of more than 30 thousand spectators, An emotional match was played between the Antioquia National Team and Amigos de René, which ended 3-1 with two goals scored by René himself. Even the ‘Loco’, as he could not miss, showed off with his popular move of the “Scorpion” to enchant all those present. In this way, he said goodbye to football.
After six wonderful seasons at Barcelona, Éric Abidal said goodbye to the crowd that was present at the Camp Nou precisely to honor him. The 4-1 win over Málaga on May 30, 2013 marked his end as a Barça player and, although he only played just over 15 minutes in that match, he received a monumental affection that he earned at full throttle for his great achievements as a culé and for his great sacrifice despite suffering from liver cancer, which he managed to overcome.
After 22 years and 32 titles, Andrés Iniesta said goodbye as the most successful player in the history of Barcelona (he was later surpassed by Messi). In a packed Camp Nou, the Catalans applauded the ‘8’ as he deserved so much. “I can only tell you that I will carry you in my heart forever.expressed meaning after an emotional tribute to him.
Fernando Torres became a true idol at Atlético de Madrid and, for this reason, on May 20, 2018, the Wanda Metropolitano dressed up to bid him farewell as the legend he was for the club. Between chants and innumerable tributes, the ‘Niño’ put an end to his adventure as a mattress striker scoring a brace in a draw (2-2) against Eibar.
One of the greatest heroes of Barcelona in recent times, the best Spanish footballer in history for many, said goodbye to the Catalans on May 23, 2015, having won 25 titles. Everyone at Camp Nou stood up to bid farewell to the captain of the Barça ship, who emotionally thanked the immense support he received in 17 seasons. “With all your heart you have made me the happiest man in the world”pronounced.
In his last game at Anfield, on May 16, 2015, Steven Gerrard -accompanied by his family- said goodbye to Liverpool after 17 glorious years, in which he knew how to lift an ‘Orejona’. A special corridor, an exciting a cappella song of “You’ll never walk alone” and a great tribute adorned the farewell to the idol ‘red’.
After playing his entire career at Manchester United (24 years), Ryan Giggs said goodbye to Old Trafford with all his dreams fulfilled. The Welshman knew how to become a club legend, playing more than 920 games for the ‘Red Devils’ and winning 36 titles, which made him the most successful footballer in the history of English football.
Alex Ferguson is the most successful coach in the history of the beautiful game with 49 titles, 38 of them won at Manchester United. His legacy in the ‘Red Devils’ is so great that it is practically impossible to catch up with him. After his glorious spell on the bench, no other coach could measure up to him in the English team. That is why on May 12, 2013, Old Trafford said goodbye to him in a big way with full stands and an endless ovation.
On September 2, 2008, Oliver Kahn was honored in a farewell match played by the two teams in which he established himself as an idol: Bayern Munich and the German national team. The Bavarian number 1 put an end to his great career by saving for the last time at the Allianz Arena, which was filled with more than 69 thousand fans.
Pep Guardiola’s successful time in Barcelona will be remembered for ever and ever. With him at the helm, the Barça club conquered the historic sextet and brimmed with happiness with countless achievements and victories. But everything has its end and the Sampedor coach said goodbye on May 6, 2012 having won absolutely everything. Today he manages Manchester City.