"Hernan Jorge Crespo"

Hernan Crespo
After what Gabriel Batistuta and Diego Maradona did for Italian soccer, any Argentinean player that would play here would have some enormous shoes to fill. Crespo was never a Maradona or a Batistuta, but admittedly he managed to fulfill all expectations when he came to Serie A and he still remains one of today's top strikers, despite his slight downfall in recent years.
I'm going to give you a short overview of his career in this Hernan Crespo biography and you'll be able to judge for yourselves if he is indeed a player worthy of comparison to the likes of Maradona and Batistuta.
Hernan Crespo Biography – River plate
Born near Buenos Aires, Crespo, like all kids his age, was a fan of local team River plate, which was on top form when Hernan was growing up. When he was 11 years old, the Argentina soccer team won the 1986 World Cup and Maradona became one of the young boy's heroes. It was around this time that he decided to become a soccer player, trying out several youth clubs before getting into River Plate's youth squad.
Full name : Hernan Jorge Crespo
Date of birth : July 5, 1975
Place of birth : Florida, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height : 6.0FT - 1.84M
Playing position : Striker
His senior debut for River plate in 1993 was a huge step for the young Argentinean and he immediately made an impact, scoring 13 times in his 25 league appearances that season. More impressive is that he wasn't even a full first team member back then, so some of his goals where scored as a substitute.
His next two seasons with River plate were very successful, as the team managed to win the Apertura championship ("half" of the Argentinean championship) twice as well as the Copa Libertadores (the most prestigious South American club competition – a sort of Champions League), scoring twice in the home leg of the final.
Obviously, the great form that he was in attracted offers of big European clubs and the ones that managed to get the young striker were Italian Serie A club Parma.
Season Club Games Goals
1993-1996 River Plate 62 24
1996-2000 Parma 116 61
2000-2002 SS Lazio 54 39
2002-2003 Inter Milan 18 7
2003- Chelsea 49 20
2004-2005 AC Milan(loan) 28 10
2006-2007 Inter Milan(loan) 29 14
He even helped Parma win the UEFA Cup in 1999, with Crespo scoring one of the three goals against Olympique Marseille in the final.
Hernan Crespo Biography – Lazio Roma
In 2000 Crespo was already a super star in Italy and he was one of the most feared strikers in the league. However, when Lazio Roma made Parma an offer they couldn't resist, of approximately $50 million, Crespo found himself packing up his bags again and moving to his new club.
Years National Team Games Goals
1995-06/07 Argentina 66 35
Despite having played for only 2 seasons with Lazio, Hernan Crespo managed to get an outstanding goal/match ratio in this period, scoring no less than 39 goals in 54 matches, becoming top goal scorer in Serie A in 2001. But Lazio had some financial problems during that period and their most outstanding soccer player, Hernan Crespo, was a perfect way to get out of the trouble, so when Internazionale Milano offered $30 million, plus a talented young player, Bernardo Corradi, Lazio was forced to take the offer.
Hernan Crespo Biography –
Latest Seasons
Ever since 2002 when he moved to Inter, Hernan Crespo was in a slow downfall. Playing for clubs like Parma or Lazio, he was extremely successful because he was the number one star in the team, but at Inter he was one of the many world class players in the squad so he found it harder to adapt there.
Moving to Chelsea in 2003 seemed like a good move since Crespo managed to get back on top of his form, scoring 20 goals in 49 matches, but he didn't adapt well to the English lifestyle and Premiership football, so he was loaned back in Italy to AC Milan for the 2004-2005 season where he would pair up with his former Parma coach, Carlo Ancelloti.
After a successful season with Milan (that ended with a shocking upset, Milan losing the Champions League final against Liverpool, after they were 3 goals up at break time, Crespo scoring 2 of the goals), Crespo moved back to Chelsea, but found himself outside the club's plans and had to be loaned to Serie A again, this time to his former club, Internazionale Milano, whom he has a loan deal for another season.


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