In Germany he’s known as the Anden Bomber (Andes Bomber), ‘Inca God’, or ‘Pizza-Express’, but during his time at Stamford Bride he was hardly known at all.
Claudio Pizarro signed for Chelsea on the advice of countryman Nolberto Solano, back in 2007, but went on to make only 32 appearances, netting just twice, before heading back to Germany after a solitary season.
Despite the failure of his move from Bayern Munchen to west London, Pizarro, now 36, resurrected his career to the extent that he is still on Die Roten’s books, having picked up a Champions League winner’s medal with them in 2012/13.
Still a going concern at international level, he struck the Copa America group stage winner over Venezuela that did more than anything to book Peru’s place in the competition’s knockout stages.
For the ancient hitman’s next trick he will attempt to aid his native land in booking a place in the semi-finals at the expense of surprise last-eight qualifiers Bolivia.
Pizarro’s Incas look a choice price to down la Verde in normal time at 91/100, with their Andean brethren 4/1 for victory and the draw an 11/5 wager.
They may have failed to make the World Cup, but Peru actually have a decent Copa America pedigree, having finished third in the 2011 renewal.
Bolivia, on the other hand, have won just once at the tournament since beating Mexico in the semi-finals of the 1997 edition, snapping a 16-match winless streak with the 3-2 victory over Ecuador that got them to this stage.
Their weak defensive record is fancied to see them bounced from the competition by the Peruvians, who have kept two clean sheets in three games so far.
La Verde have shipped seven goals in Chile, more than any other side, surviving or not and they’ve conceded at least twice in eight of their last ten outings all told.
Though they are fully expected to prevail, Peru have only netted twice at the Copa, pointing more adventurous punters towards the win/under 2.5 goals double at 9/4.