This Athletic Bilbao Striker Is Taking The Spanish Goalscoring Charts By Storm

Many would expect Ronaldo, Suarez, Benzema, Messi and Neymar to be fighting it out at the top of the Spanish goalscoring charts but they are facing competition from an Athletic Bilbao striker who has scored more goals than all the superstars of Spanish football bar Ronaldo. That striker is Aritz Aduriz, who is second in the goalscoring charts behind Real Madrid’s Ronaldo.

Aduriz has 25 goals in 34 appearances in all competition this season, which leaves him just two goals behind Ronaldo and ahead of the Barcelona trio of Suarez, Neymar and Messi. Though they have all played less games and have a better goals to games ratio. Aduriz who turns 35 in just over two weeks is enjoying the twilight of his career in his third spell with the Basque side.

Having come through the youth system at Bilbao and made his first-team debut against Barcelona in September 2002 but only made three appearances for the first-team before spending three seasons in the second tier of Spanish football with Burgos C.F (loan) and Real Valladolid before returning to Bilbao in December 2005.

On his returned to Bilbao he was a regular during his two-and-a-half season spell but was always overshadowed by team-mate and fellow striker Fernando Llorente and moved to Mallorca at the start of the 2008/09 season. Two seasons with Mallorca were followed by two seasons with Valencia before returning to Bilbao for his third spell with the Basque side at the start of the 2012/13 season.

Last season saw Aduriz enjoying his best goalscoring season to date with 26 goals from 44 games in all competitions. Surely he will surpass that this season. He currently stands just one goal behind that in ten less games and has plenty more games to play. In his three spells with Athletic Bilbao Aduriz has made 254 appearances and scored 110 goals, while his La Liga career has seen him hit the back of the net on 123 occasions in his 330 games for Bilbao, Mallorca and Valencia.

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