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Jackson Martinez's career takes a shocking nosedive with Guangzhou Evergrande

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Jackson Martinez, remember him?

Back in 2014, the Colombian striker was one of the most-wanted players in Europe after a devastating spell with Porto.

He followed in the footsteps of his countryman Radamel Falcao, notching goals for fun in both Portugal and European competition - he scored 67 times in just 90 games for the club.

He was so good that both Manchester United and Chelsea were keeping tabs on him in the summer of 2014, as reported by the Daily Mail. Arsenal and Tottenham were also linked.

Like Falcao, he decided to swap Porto for Atletico Madrid in the prime of his career, with Diego Simeone's side splashing €40m on him to replace Chelsea-bound Diego Costa.

Sadly, he failed to match the Spanish club's expectations, making just 15 appearances for them in the one season he was there, scoring just twice.

As such, he decided to lead an exodus of players in Europe over to the Chinese Super League, joining the country's most successful side Guangzhou Evergrande in 2016.

Surely he was going to do a Paulinho are rebuild his reputation in the Far East? After all his talent is undeniable? Well, it's all gone a bit wrong.

He's only made 10 appearances for the club due to injury problems and now, an update has come from China confirming that Martinez's career really has taken a shocking nosedive.

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As reported by Marca, Guangzhou's manager Fabio Cannavaro has actually removed the Colombian from both the Super League and Asian Champions League squads.

That's right, Martinez has been sent to rot in the reserves.

The man replacing the Colombian in Guangzhou's four foreign player quota is Nemanja Gudelj, who arrived in China from Ajax back in 2017.

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He's not exactly a household name, so it only strengthens the claim that Martinez's career has well and truly collapsed.

Rumours suggest that he will bring his nightmare in the Far East to an end as soon as possible, with a return to his first club Independiente Medellin the most likely destination.

Chin up, Jackson.

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