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Striker who cost £31million two years ago released on a free transfer

Jackson Martinez, who cost £31million when he left Atletico Madrid for Guangzhou Evergrande in 2016, has been released on a free transfer

Have you ever spent money on something and instantly regretted it?

Well this will probably make you feel a little bit better about life.

Jackson Martinez has been released by Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande two years after they spent £31million to sign him from Atletico Madrid.

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Probably didn’t go in

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Probably didn’t go in

The signs were there.

Martinez scored two league goals in his only season in Madrid before Guangzhou broke the Chinese Super League transfer record to bring him to the club.

The Colombian, who scored twice at the 2014 World Cup, scored just four goals during his two years in China as injuries limited his playing time.

A rare sighting of Jackson on the pitch

A rare sighting of Jackson on the pitch

Martinez’s last game came in October 2016 and with the 31-year-old taking up a foreigner slot in Guangzhou’s squad the move was taken to release him from his contract.

So is it all over for him?

Not quite. Martinez was one of the most lethal strikers in Europe during his three seasons in Portuguese football with Porto.

Another one hits the back of the net

Another one hits the back of the net

If he can get himself fit he’ll be a tantalising proposition for plenty of managers in world football, especially with the lack of transfer fee needed to sign him.

A spot in Colombia’s World Cup squad looks unlikely but stranger things have happened.

After all, if we told you Eder would be Portugal’s hero at Euro 2016 you’d probably have looked at us funny.

Get that CV out asap.