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The Brazilian striker lighting up Malta

Published: Wednesday 11 February 2015, 10.15CET
"I am just like Romário – small, but I score a lot of goals," explained Edison Tarabai, the Brazilian striker who is fronting Hibernians FC's surge for the title in Malta.
by Domenic Aquilina
from Malta
The Brazilian striker lighting up Malta
Edison Tarabai (left) has scored 23 goals for Hibernians this season ©Domenic Aquilina
Published: Wednesday 11 February 2015, 10.15CET

The Brazilian striker lighting up Malta

"I am just like Romário – small, but I score a lot of goals," explained Edison Tarabai, the Brazilian striker who is fronting Hibernians FC's surge for the title in Malta.

One of only four top-division sides in Europe still unbeaten this season, Hibernians FC are 16 points clear at the top of the table in Malta, averaging over three goals in their Premier League games.

A strike in the Paolites' 4-1 success against Tarxien Rainbows FC last Saturday took Brazilian forward Edison Tarabai's tally to 23 goals for the campaign. "When you have so many quality players in the squad you get to score a lot of goals – it's natural," he told UEFA.com. "I always thank my friends – my team-mates – for helping me succeed in what I do. The goals I score are not just mine, but a product of the team's hard work."

The 29-year-old is fast closing in on his best total from his four previous seasons in Malta – he notched 23 in 30 league outings for Hibernians in 2011/12 before heading to Hungary to try his luck with Kecskeméti TE for six months. The next step is to guide the club to their first league championship since 2008/09. "We have come close to the title for three years, getting closer and closer, and we will continue to fight to bring it home to Paola," Tarabai said.

Tarabai's countryman Jorginho has helped share the goalscoring burden at Hibernians, registering 15 this term, but the 1.69m-tall poacher is still the man hogging the spotlight. "You see, I am just like Romário," he told UEFA.com, with a nod to the similarly mosquito-like former Brazil ace. "Small, but I score a lot of goals."

Only six players have scored more league goals this season than their clubs have played league games.

©Silvia Casals

Cristian Martínez

Cristian Martínez (FC Santa Coloma)
17 goals after 13 league matches – 1.31 goals per game

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid CF)
28 goals after 22 league matches – 1.27 goals per game

César Romero (FC Pyunik)
17 goals after 15 league matches – 1.13 goals per game

Andrej Kramarić (HNK Rijeka) – now at Leicester City FC
21 goals after 19 league matches – 1.11 goals per game

Edison Tarabai (Hibernians FC)
23 goals after 22 matches – 1.05 goals per game

Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona)
23 goals after 22 matches – 1.05 goals per game

Chris Venables (Aberystwyth Town FC)
24 goals after 23 matches – 1.04 goals per game

Honourable mentions to the following strikers who have averaged a goal for each of their team's games this term:

Jonatan Soriano (FC Salzburg, Austria) 19/19
Evgeni Kabaev (JK Sillimäe Kalev, Estonia) 36/36*

*campaign over

Last updated: 13/02/15 10.15CET

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