Claudio Pizarro has extended his contract at Bayern for one more year as he looks to add even more silverware to his already dazzling career.
Pizarro began playing at Deportivo Pesquero and Allianz Lima where he scored a total of 36 goals during the three years he spent playing in his native country. After an impressive stint, the Peruvian made his move to the Bundesliga and signed for Werder Bremen and suddenly his career shot off.
Pizarro spent two years at Werder Bremen and began to build up his striking repertoire by bagging 29 goals in 56 matches, just over an average of a goal every other game. He began to lure bidders from across Europe including Barcelona, Inter Milan and even Borussia Dortmund were in the running however, at 23, he made the decision to move to Bayern Munich.
When he joined the club he had competition with four other strikers including Paraguayan forward, Roque Santa Cruz, Giovane Elber, Carsten Jancker and Alexander Zickler. But in his first match against Schalke 04, Pizarro made an immediate start to his career at the Allianz by netting his first goal in the second game of the 2001 Bundesliga season.
After six years in his first spell with Bayern, scoring 71 goals and winning several major honours, Pizarro felt it was time to challenge himself elsewhere. In 2007, he moved to Chelsea, who were continuing to invest in highly rated stars after Roman Abramovich took over in June 2003. Unfortunately, he suffered at Stamford Bridge after finding the net just twice and featuring in 21 matches in two years. He then returned to Germany and he shot back into form by impressing back at his former club Bremen.
He resurged at the Allianz once more following his period at the Green and Whites and has gone on to become one of the most decorated footballers in Bundesliga history.
This season in May, the Peruvian became the ninth highest all time goalscorer in the Bundesliga. What is more impressive is that he is the most successful foreign player there has ever been after scoring 176 goals in 370 matches for both Bayern Munich and Werder Bremen.
On top of this, Pizarro has won in six DFB Pokal finals, five Bundesliga titles, a Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and two FIFA Club World Cup medals.
"I am very proud to be able to play for FC Bayern again next year," Pizarro said. "There is no better club in the world for me."
His international record may not be as impressive as his club record but Pizarro will remain as one of the best players to have never played at a World Cup. The striker may feature in the warm up match against England at Wembley on the 30th May.
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