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The gunman

Powering centre forward with a fighting spirit who may not have been a natural goal-getter but was still up there with the top goalscorers. His goal celebrations won him the nickname of the ‘gunman’ as he would pretend to shoot with his hands. He was a great mover off the ball, gifted at finding space and put pressure on opposing defences. He wore the blaugrana colours over two seasons, 1997-98 and 1998-99.

Full biography:

Sonny Anderson arrived at Barça from Monaco in the summer of 1997. His compatriot Ronaldo had just left for Inter Milan and the club needed a new striker, and he was just the man following his glittering performances in the French league. His debut came in a Clásico, the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup. That 20 August 1997, Barça defeated Real Madrid 2-1, but a 4-1 loss in the second leg meant the trophy went to the all-whites. For his first season he formed a strong strike partnership alongside Rivaldo, a last minute addition to the squad from Deportivo La Coruña. In his first season he won la Liga, la Copa and the European Super Cup. In the following campaign, with the arrival of Dutchman Patrick Kluivert, Anderson was a less regular feature. But he still played an important role across two seasons at the club making 68 official appearances and scoring 21 goals. After Barça he signed for Olympique Lyonnais where he played for four seasons. In 2002-03 he was back in the Spanish league with Villarreal alongside other ex-blaugrana stars Reina and Belletti, plus Martín Palermo and Farinós. After two seasons he left for Qatar to end up retiring in 2006 playing for Al-Gharrafa.   

Honours:

2 Ligas (1997-1998 and 1998-1999)
1 Copa del Rey(1997-1998)
1 European Supercup (1997-1998)

3 international caps for Brazil

Place of birth
Goiatuba (Brazil)
Date of birth
19/09/1970
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