“The fans’ love gives me strength”

Claudio Pizarro on his contract extension and goal
Claudio Pizarro is staying at Werder! (Photo: nordphoto).
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Saturday, 18.05.2019 / 19:52

The protagonist wasn’t even aware his contract extension had been announced. “Should I say something now,” said Pizarro after the 2-1 home win to the stadium announcers. “I didn’t know that the video had already been published,” he admitted with a smile on his face. He was very pleased after the game – for two reasons.

The 40-year-old Werder legend not only signed a new one-year deal, but then scored the winning goal with a low left-footed drive! It’s the kind of story that only football can provide. “He is simply a legend. He’s still so good as well. He helps us so much in the changing room too,” praised Niklas Mosiander. The team didn’t discuss his contract extension before the game, whereas the fans, who only found out after the line up had been announced, were very pleased.

Claudio Pizarro scored his 109th Bundesliga goal for Werder against Leipzig. (Photo: nordphoto).

His attacking colleague Milot Rashica was also delighted after Pizarro’s winner. “We’re all happy that he’s staying. He’s so important for us on and off the pitch.” Pizarro scored his 151st goal for Werder against Leipzig.

The 40 year-old has scored 109 Bundesliga goals for the Green-Whites. The Peruvian became the highest foreign goalscorer in Bundesliga history, building upon his record this season, Pizarro also remains on current record holder Robert Lewandowski, just five goals behind the Pole (202 goals compared with 197). “Consequently, I chose to extend my contract. I want to continue to place Lewandowski under pressure,” added Pizarro with a grin.

The Peruvian, who also became the oldest player to play for Werder in Bundesliga history, described today as a simply “great day. It was simply great to score a goal and to sign a contract extension. The fans have a special place in my heart and this gives me strength.”