Aritz Aduriz became one of the legends of Athletic Club. After his last season as a red-and-white player, we have compiled a list of the best goals in his entire sporting career.
They say that wine improves over the years and the case of Aritz Aduriz, one of the top scorers in the history of Athletic, confirms the value of experience. The Athletic striker added to his records as he celebrated birthdays.
Since his return to Athletic, at the age of over 32, the red-and-white striker has scored 133 goals in the top flight. Before his return, and after making his debut as an athletic player in 2002, he managed to score 88 goals in the First Division with Athletic Club, RCD Mallorca and Valencia CF. Although Aduriz turned 39 this season, the fans enjoyed him as if he were only 20 years old.
Aritz scored goals of all kinds: headers, goals into the top corner, bicycle kicks and even goals from penalties that went around the world. 172 goals as an Athletic player, 172 times in which he has opened his arms to join in with the Athletic supporters.
Many of these feats were achieved in the Cathedral of Football, San Mamés, considered one of the world's top football stadiums. A ground that he holds dear to his heart: "For me, it's the stadium with the most spirit, the one I've enjoyed the most, the one I've wanted to play at the most and the one that has excited me the most".
At Bilbao, he has always felt that special affection from all the supporters and it is one of the things he will miss most when he says goodbye: "It's exciting when the crowd encourages you like that. It's impossible not to miss that, but everything has a beginning and an end. I'm grateful to have been able to choose that end, which is where I want it most, and that is worth a lot". A unique player who will rub shoulders with the greats in the Athletic Club Museum.
After twelve seasons in red and white, the “fox” announced his retirement at the beginning of the season, which finally happened after the resumption of the competition after the stop for COVID-19 at a memorable event at San Mamés .