What’s the secret to Edinson Cavani’s success?
His movement? His anticipation? His confidence?
Nope, it’s his passion for fishing of course.
The prolific PSG forward told the Telegraph how his favourite hobby has helped him become a better footballer.
“Fishing gives me peace, tranquillity,” he said. “And also, as a forward player, it helps me, with my eyes.
“You have to wait for the moment to attack, to catch the fish. And in football my position is basically the same.
“You have to wait for the precise moment, to attack. I wait for the fish, to catch them.
“You have to be patient and then pay attention – and then act immediately. Like when you play football. You prepare for that specific moment to attack.
“It’s not something I thought of as a boy but, as I grew up, it started to become something I associated with being a striker and in being successful in my career, scoring goals.”
While the link between the two activities may seem tenuous to some, few would question Cavani’s mentality.
The 30-year-old Uruguayan is averaging a goal every game at club level since the start of the last season.
He’s on the brink of usurping Zlatan Ibrahimovic has PSG all-time top scorer.
Many expected Cavani to resume the role of second fiddle in Paris once Neymar arrived for a world record fee but the veteran finisher has continued to prove he is one of the best out-and-out goalscorers in the game.
And if fishing is the reason for his undeniably impressive numbers then fish away, Edinson.
Maybe Manuel Pellegrino should consider buying Shane Long a rod or two?
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