Edinson Cavani experienced a rather eventful night for Paris Saint-Germain against Arsenal in the Champions League on Wednesday.
The Uruguayan striker scored the opening goal of the match in the 18th minute. He was accused of punching Aaron Ramsey before half-time and then had an angry Olivier Giroud to deal with as he made his way towards the tunnel at the break.
He also appeared to dive in an attempt to win a penalty, which wasn’t awarded by referee Felix Brych, and he missed a glorious chance to secure all three points for the visitors in the 78th minute. His attempted chip against David Ospina was pretty embarrassing for a striker of his calibre.
Cavani was trending pretty high on Twitter, even a couple of hours after the final whistle had blown, and it’s easy to see why.
The 29-year-old has divided opinion ever since he joined PSG from Napoli in 2013. Some football fans regard him as one of the world’s best strikers while others reckon he belongs firmly in the ‘overrated’ category.
Michael Owen sums up Cavani in one tweet
But Michael Owen, who knows exactly how it feels to divide opinion, pretty much nailed it with his tweet about PSG’s number nine on Wednesday evening.
“Any young footballer, watch Cavani's movement. The best in the business,” Owen tweeted, before adding: “Just close your eyes when he's about to finish!!!”.
Reaction to Owen's tweet
Owen gets a lot of stick on Twitter, but many people actually agreed with this particular assessment…
Others, however, disagreed…
Cavani's record speaks for itself - doesn't it?
Cavani’s goalscoring record speaks for itself: 104 goals in 138 for Napoli and 97 in 164 for PSG.
However, it’s hard not to feel that Cavani - because of his movement and, yes, sometimes his ability to finish - could score even more goals given the number of opportunities he’s presented with.
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