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Edin Dzeko has an amazing European record even Zlatan Ibrahimovic can’t match

The Bosnian has been in the best form of his life at Roma and he is scoring the goals to prove it

While everyone else gets the plaudits this guy just works away in the background.

Edin Dzeko firmly falls in the underrated category for me.

Everyone remembers Martin Tyler screaming “Agueroooooooooo” when Man City won the title, but far fewer people recall that it was only possible because Dzeko scored an 92nd-minute equaliser.


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I wouldn’t go on holiday to Naples for a while Edin

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I wouldn’t go on holiday to Naples for a while Edin

The Bosnian made a name for himself during his four years at Wolfsburg when he scored 66 goals in 111 games which convinced City’s megarich owners that he should be the man to lead the line for the new era.

Despite having to fight for a place in the team with the likes of Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez, Mario Balotelli and Alvaro Negredo, Dzeko made a name for himself as a natural finisher and presence in the box.

His return of 50 Premier League goals in 130 games endeared him to the City faithful and showed that he wasn’t just a one-country man.


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Dzeko with two absolute jokers

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Dzeko with two absolute jokers

But when he was shipped out to Roma on loan for the 2015-16 season, eight goals in 31 matches suggested that City got rid of him at the right time.

How wrong they were. 

After signing on a permanent deal in 2016, the big man has gone on to score another 42 goals for La Lupa meaning he becomes the first ever player to score at least 50 goals in three of Europe’s top five leagues.

They haven’t all been title defining goals but on his day Dzeko can be absolutely lethal.

Still got it.

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Still got it.

He showed it earlier this season at Stamford Bridge when he scored twice in Roma’s 3-3 draw with Chelsea in the Champions League.

And on Saturday he did it again as he crushed Napoli’s dreams with a goal in each half to secure a 4-2 win in Naples and blow the Serie A title race wide open.

In addition, his goal-to-game ratio is actually improving in Italy and the 31-year-old is scoring more often than he ever has before, he is hitting the back of the net roughly once every 135 minutes.

Not quite Lionel Messi numbers but most strikers would love to see a hit rate like that.

Just ask Romelu Lukaku or Alvaro Morata.


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