It’s the summer of 2009, and Edinaldo Batista Libâno (commonly known as grafite) has just won the Bundesliga with outsider’s Wolfsburg.
He was the leagues top scorer with 28 league goals.
Now 36, Grafite is plying his trade in Brazil, now in his second spell with Santa Cruz.
So where did he go in between?
Grafite’s rise to stardom was extremely fast and you could easily be forgiven for missing it. Playing for a number of Brazilian clubs alongside a short stint in Korea Grafite travelled a lot before moving to Europe with Le Mans. Here he caught the eye of Wolfsburg, scoring 17 goals in Ligue 1 and the rest as they say is history.
At Wolfsburg Grafite became the league’s top scorer and wrote himself into club folklore as they won their first ever Bundesliga under Felix Magath. Alongside a certain Edin Dzeko “Die Wölfe” broke Bayern’s grip on the title and the Brazilians silky goal against the German giants is what he is most fondly remembered for.
But since his career took what some would call a ‘money’ route. Playing for Al-Ahli and Al-Sadd in the Middle East before returning to Santa Cruz Grafite kept scoring, but the prestige was no longer there.
Grafite has a great record wherever he has been, but at 36 the skilful attacker with height that gave him an extra dimension may soon call quits on what was an extremely successful career.
In case you are wondering though, he still has 6/12 this season.