Claudio Pizarro has become the highest-scoring foreigner in the history of the Bundeslia after scoring in Werder Bremen’s impressive 4-1 away victory to Borussia Moenchengladbach. This was his 134th goal, which broke the record by Brazilian Giovane Elber, who scored his 133 goals for Stuttgart and Bayern Munich a decade ago.
It is a well deserved achievement for Pizarro, who has also played for Bayern since coming to the Bundesliga in 1999. In between those spells he also tried his luck at Chelsea, but it became clear that he could not cut it there, so he returned to Germany.
Though then there’s a player like Christiano Ronaldo who can’t stop scoring no matter where he plays, but then that’s why he’s one of the very best in the world.
Some may question whether that means the Bundesliga is a much easier league to score at than the Premiership, but I don’t think it works that way. Different leagues have different teams and tactics, and some players are more suited to one over the other. There aren’t many that can make the switch easily. Some quite successful English players, like Darius Vassel and Robbie Fowler, have failed to recapture their goalscoring form despite at one time leading the charts in England. Thierry Henry when he switched from Arsenal to Barcelona is another good example. Some players thrive under one system, and chose wise to stick to it.