Bundesliga legend: Claudio Pizarro

The 40-year old Peruvian striker, Claudio Pizarro has spent incredible 19 seasons in the Bundesliga… and he’s still playing!

Claudio Pizarro is 40 years old, but still young enough to play top-flight football. Pizarro is Bundesliga’s all-time foreign top scorer with 194 goals in 461 games. He is on his fourth spell as a player of Werder Bremen this season.

Pizarro has started his career in his homeland, Peru. In 1999, as a 21-year old he completed his move to the Bundesliga, signing for Werder Bremen.

He spent two years in Bremen and scored 29 Bundesliga goals. His excellent performances attracted the interest of many top European clubs, but Bayern Munich was the one to sign him in 2001.

The Peruvian scored 19 goals overall in his debut season for Bayern, but they didn’t manage to win a trophy. The next season they won a German double and repeated that success in 2005 and 2006.

Pizarro scored even 100 goals in his first spell as a Bavarian. He spent six seasons in Munich, before being sold to Chelsea in the summer of 2007. Claudio became the first Peruvian to play for the blues.

He did not find his best form in England tough and scored only two goals for Chelsea, on two separate games against Birmingham. Next summer he was loaned, and then sold to his ex-club, Werder Bremen. The 2007-08 season was the only one he spent away from the Bundesliga since 1999.

Claudio Pizarro netted 60 Bundesliga goals for Bremen in the period of 2008 to 2012. He led the club in the Europa League final in 2009, but unfortunately for him, they lost 2-1 after extra time to Ukranian champions – Shakhtar Donetsk.

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His excellent form attracted Bayern Munich’s attention yet again. He re-signed for the Bavarians in 2012 and was part of a historic treble-winning season under Jupp Heynckes. Pizzaro won 3 Bundesliga titles and was a second choice striker, behind Mario Gomez and Robert Lewandowski.

Werder Bremen signed him for the third time in 2015 and he spent 2 years with the club. In September 2017 Cologne announced that the Peruvian striker signed a one-year contract. However, he couldn’t save the team from relegation last season.

The love story between Pizarro and Werder continued this summer, as the 40-year old got back to the club for the fourth time in his career. He has scored two goals this season which made him Bundesliga’s second oldest goalscorer.

Claudio Pizzaro has won the Bundesliga six times, and the DFB-Pokal five times – all of them with Bayern Munich. He also won the Champions League in 2013 with the Bavarians.

He is fifth all-time goalscorer and a true legend of the Bundesliga!