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Monday, January 24, 2022

Martins, in the final sprint to achieve the scoring title

 Marcelo Martins Moreno is four dates away from consecrating himself as the top scorer in the Conmebol Qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The Bolivian attacker must take advantage of the fact that in the next two days his immediate pursuers in the table of gunners, Neymar and Messi, will not play by the selections of Brazil and Argentina, respectively.

Martins leads the scoring table with nine wins in 13 games played. Second place goes to Neymar, with seven goals in nine games, and the podium is completed by Messi, who has converted six conquests in 13 presentations.

Fourth place, not insignificant, is held by four players, each with five goals: Michael Estrada (Ecuador), Luis Suárez (Uruguay), Lautaro Martínez (Argentina) and Christian Cueva (Peru).

On Friday against Venezuela and on February 1 against Chile, at the Hernando Siles stadium, the striker who plays for Cruzeiro will try to be present on the networks and in the hope that his pursuers will not be as effective

Of the main scorers in the current qualifying round, Martins is the one who has had the most minutes on the pitch, 1,152 in total, compared to 810 for Neymar and 1,094 for Messi.

He noted that the attacker must take care of suffering his second warning that would deprive him of acting on a date. Martins plays in the chapel since the second day, when he saw the yellow card against Argentina, in the following 12 games he took care to see the acrylic.

The second Bolivian

For the second time in 29 years, a Bolivian player is about to consecrate himself as the top scorer in the World Cup qualifiers at Conmebol.

In 1993, the Bolivian National Team played one of the most remembered qualifiers of the last three decades with memorable matches that concluded with the team led by Xabier Azkargorta qualifying for the World Cup and where William Ramallo's goals were decisive.

“America's scorer”, as he was known, scored seven goals in ten games and was the top scorer of the nine teams that played in that qualifying round, leaving behind players like Gabriel Batistuta, Bebeto and Enzo Francescoli, among others.

Since that version that qualified us for the 1994 World Cup in the United States, six more qualifiers have passed and no attacker from our country had rubbed shoulders with the main scorers on the continent.

Marcelo Martins

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