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Colombia striker Jackson Martinez makes surprise return to Europe after indifferent CSL spell

Posted: 14 September 2018 Time: 11:30

Former Atletico Madrid striker Jackson Martinez has made a shock return to Europe after a nightmare spell in the Chinese Super League.

Martinez, 31, is still officially contracted to Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande but has not played an official match in two years.

Despite his career coming to a complete standstill, the loan move to bottom-placed Primeira League side, Portimonese comes as a complete shock.

Once considered as one of Europe's most prolific strikers the former Porto striker insisted he would show 'maximum dedication and commitment' during his unveiling.

Martinez first came to the attention of many in Europe following his performances with Porto, where he finished as the Primeira Liga's top scorer for three consecutive seasons - replacing compatriot Radamel Falcao with aplomb.

He joined Atletico Madrid for €35 million after an incredible record of 94 goals in 143 games with Porto but struggled to replicate that form in La Liga.

Martinez managed just three goals in 22 appearances and despite attracting interest from top European sides, he opted for a €42m transfer to Guangzhou in February 2016.

And over the past three season, the Colombia international scored a total of four goals in 16 appearances, before his return to the Portuguese top-flight.

Article by: Staff Reporter
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