For anyone who supports Chelsea, Mateja Kezman is merely rendered a goal scoring flop in the same vein as Fernando Torres. However, Kezman only cost Chelsea £5.3million on in 2004 rather than £50million.
After inheriting the Chelsea No.9 jersey from Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Kezman was inevitably under immense pressure to score at Stamford Bridge. Consequently, the Serbian striker made just 24 appearances and scored four goals before being offloaded to Atletico Madrid in 2005, for the same price of £5.3million.
In 2012 Kezman retired from professional football to become a sports agent. Following his departure from Chelsea, the striker only scored 37 goals over the course of six and a half years. How can anyone be considered a legend of any football club after such a disastrous record? However, Kezman's career cycle is nearly identical to Torres'.
In the 2000/01, 2002/03, 2003/04 Eredivisie goal scoring charts Kezman stormed ahead of the rest. Kezman scored 31 goals in 2003/04, 35 goals in 2002/03 and 24 in the 2000/01 season. He played for PSV Eindhoven 122 times and scored 105 goals. In turn, PSV won the Eredivisie twice.
Every time Kezman scored whilst at PSV, the Philips Stadion would erupt to the sound of the classic Batman and Robin theme tune in honour of Kezman's telepathic partnership with Arjen Robben. Furthermore, the feat of scoring 35 goals in one Eredivisie season has only been matched or surpassed by Henk Groot, Coen Dillen, Marco van Basten and Luis Suarez.
After three years at Chelsea, Fernando Torres has only managed to score 19 league goals. Yet, whilst at Liverpool, Torres managed to score 24 in his debut season. Torres made 102 league appearances for Liverpool and scored 65 goals. However, the Spaniard has made 108 league appearances for Chelsea and is not even a third of the way near his Liverpool goal tally.
Regardless, Torres has scored for Chelsea in the Europa League final, the semi-final of the FIFA Club World Cup, the European Super Cup final and the semi-final of the Champions League in the last minute v Barcelona, before Chelsea went on to win the tournament. With this in mind Torres has paid back for Chelsea the £50million fee they paid for him, irrespective of the inconsistencies in his league form.
To conclude, Kezman's career led to stints with European giants PSG, Fenerbahce and Zenit before he eventually quit. Hopefully, Torres manages to rekindle his goal scoring form in the league, otherwise he could potentially become a European giant journeyman in a similar fashion to which Kezman did, purely based upon his star potential as "El Nino".
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