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Salvador Cabañas

Salvador Cabañas Ortega (born August 5, 1980 in Asunción) is a Paraguayan football striker, who currently plays for Club América of the Primera División de México.

Career

Cabañas started his career at Paraguayan club 12 de Octubre and had a brief stint in Club Guaraní before moving to Audax Italiano of Chile. In the 2003 Apertura tournament of the Chilean league Cabañas netted an impressive 18 goals and was the top scorer. Afterwards, he joined Jaguares of Mexico from Audax Italiano before the Mexican 2003 Apertura tournament. That season, Cabañas went on to play in 18 games for the team, scoring five goals. He came into his own in the 2004 Clausura however, as he scored 15 goals in 20 games for the club. He would lead the club in goals again in the 2004 Apertura, with eight in 16 matches.

Following the Clausura 2006 season in which Cabañas won his first goalscoring crown in the Mexican League, he attracted the attention of Club América, one of the most important clubs in the country, and was signed by the Mexico City squad prior to the Apertura 2006 season.

Cabañas has become América's most prolific goalscorer for 2007, finishing up the first half of the year with an impressive 19 goals between Copa Libertadores 2007 (in which he became the top-scorer with 10 goals) and the Primera División de México. He started the second half of the year with a single goal in the North American SuperLiga, then scored 4 more goals in the Copa Sudamericana 2007, and has scored 9 more in the Primera División de México, bringing his year's total with the club to 33 goals. His top form in 2007 earned him the Paraguayan Footballer of the Year and South American Footballer of the Year awards.

For 2008, Cabañas has started where he left off in 2007. He has scored 3 goals in the InterLiga 2008, scored 8 in the Copa Libertadores 2008 (in which, for a consecutive second time, he became the top-scorer), and has scored 6 more goals in the Primera División de México. He started the second half of the year with 5 goals in the Primera División de México, bringing his year's total to 22 goals so far with the club. On July 27, 2008 Cabañas makes the 2-0 score (during the first half ) yet again makes the 3-0 (during towards the end of the second half) against current champions Santos Laguna during the first match of the Apertura 2008.

Paraguay National Team

Cabañas scored 2 goals against Colombia in the his team's first game of the Copa América 2007, in Venezuela. He also scored another goal against the United States, coming off the bench in stoppage time and since then has been a consistent player for the national team in the 2010 World Cup qualification.

Honours

Individual honours

Other honors

  • Salvador finished 2007 as the second striker with most goals in the world.
  • Chosen for the "Ideal Eleven" of South America in 2007
  • Salvador is the all-time top scorer of all Mexican teams in their history in the Copa Libertadores.

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