After the likes of Junior, Beto and Jose Barreto, Indian football fans find a new Brazilian name to cheer for. Andre Moritz is the name and the versatile striker from Brazil has hit the headlines following his remarkable hat-trick against Pune City FC. This is the first hat-trick in the inaugural edition of Indian Super League which helped Mumbai City FC register their first win in the league. This talented footballer has scored goals in Brazil, Turkey, England and now in India. If he keeps the current form, he is definitely going to be one of the top contenders for the tournament’s highest goalscorer. Here we pick out some never-to-miss facts on this talented striker who just toyed with Pune FC defence.
1. Signed by one of Asia’s top clubs
Moritz plays for Mumbai City FC on loan from Pohang Steelers, which is the most successful team in Asia with three AFC champions league title. With the South Korean Pohang Steelers, he may guide his side into FIFA club world cup next season and play against the likes of Messi or Ronaldo.
2. Brazilian with roots in Italy
Though he was born in Brazil, he can qualify to play for Brazil or Italy. As his surname ‘Moritz’ suggests an European touch, he had his ancestral roots back in Italy. With two footballing powerhouses combined, no wonder that he has turned out to be such an explosive footballer.
3. Two seasons with English Championship clubs
The 28 year old attacker played for English side Crystal Palace in the 2012-13 season. He played as the attacking midfielder and helped his team qualify for the premier league. The then Eagles’ manager Ian Holloway hailed Moritz after his back to back direct free kick goals against Wolves. In the next season, he was signed by Bolton Wanderers, where he made 27 appearances, scoring 7 goals.
4. Turkish Experience
He plied his trade for 5 long years in Turkish Super Lig and scored 22 goals in near about 100 matches, which is a good figure for a midfielder. In fact, he reached his maximum market value of 2 million euros while playing for Turkish club Mersin. His current market value is 1.7 Million Euros.
5. Represented by top agent
His agency Europe Sports Group manages stars like Enzo Perez of Argentina, Colombian World Cup goal scorer Armero and Besiktas striker Sosa.