What a pleasure it gives me to talk about great stars of world football and much more if they belong to my beloved Latin America. On this occasion I will introduce you to an outstanding player who scored more goals with the head than with the foot. He was not tall but the strength of his legs made him rise very high. He stood out in the best stadiums in the world and was recognized by players of the level of Lionel Messi. With you, Ivan Bam Bam Zamorano. Tomas Elias Gonzalez Benitez tells you.
The Birth Of A Great
Born in Santiago de Chile, Iván Zamorano started in Trasandino and Cobresal. The Swiss Saint Gallen took him to Europe, but it was the two seasons in Seville that placed him in the trigger of world football.
Goals Dressed In White
His 21 goals in 59 games with the Andalusian team’s shirt justified his signing for Real Madrid. Likewise, the Chilean only needed four campaigns to establish himself as a white legend. The 101 goals in 173 matches as ‘merengue’ left their mark on the history of the Madrid club.
After his time at Madrid, Zamorano won a UEFA Cup with Inter Milan and, after five years in Italy, returned to his country to finish his career at Colo Colo.
A scorer’s nose, his great strength was his header. Zamorano was not a particularly tall player (1.79), but his powerful legs allowed him to stay in the air longer than his defenders. In this way he signed some of the most spectacular goals of each campaign that happened in Spain.
His Best Performance
His best game as a white striker came on January 7, 1995. It was the night of the 5-0 at Barcelona. Bam Bam scored three goals and participated in the other two. That victory was a boost for the team led by Jorge Valdano, who ended up winning the League with authority. Zamorano left the club in 1996 for Inter Milan.
Although ‘Bam Bam’ played only one Champions League with Madrid and did not pass the round of 16, the Chilean will always be remembered for his extraordinary scoring ability and, above all, for that hat-trick that Barcelona suffered in the historic 5-0 of nineteen ninety five.
To date, Zamorano is the third highest scorer in the history of the Chilean National Team, equaled with 34 goals, only behind Aléxis Sánchez’s 38 and Marcelo Salas’s 37.
After retiring in 2003 and several appearances in the press of the heart for his courtships with famous Chileans, the former player acknowledged having financial problems due to bad investments. At present he can be seen as a commentator for the ‘Univisión’ channel.