The most prolific striker in A-League history

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Sydney FC striker Bobo etched his name into the record books last night after scoring a brace against Adelaide United to take his season tally to 27 goals in all competitions.

Since arriving in the A-League ahead of the 2016/17 campaign, Bobo has proved his worth with 41 goals from his 55 appearances in the league.

The Brazilian striker has spearheaded Sydney’s attack for the last two seasons and has been one of the main reasons behind the Sky Blues incredible form in the competititon.

This season Bobo has taken his scoring to another level with his 26 A-League goals surpassing Bruno Fornaroli’s 25 goal haul from the 2015/16 campaign.

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As well as setting a new record for the league, the 33-year-old has also become Sydney’s highest goal scorer in a league season after smashing the previous record of 16 goals held by Austrian target man Marc Janko.

The striker has profited from his team’s incredible form with the Sky Blues set to break the all-time record of 64 goals in an A-League season if they score at least two goals in their round 27 encounter against Melbourne Victory.

Sydney coach Graham Arnold expressed his delight for the team and highlighted the importance and influence that Bobo has had on the side.

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“It’s a joy to coach him, he’ll do whatever you ask him to do. Not only is he a prolific goal scorer, he’s a fantastic person,” Arnold said.

“He is our first line of defence and he works so hard for the team. To have someone that does that and works so hard for the team defensively and still score goals, it’s a fantastic feat.”

When we look back at some of Sydney’s past marquee players such as Dwight Yorke and Alessandro Del Piero, it is important to highlight that they arrived with huge expectation and excitement from the fans.

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Unlike the majority of foreign signings, Bobo arrived in Australia with little fanfare.

With questions regarding his fitness and potential to play in the A-League, the 33-year-old has had his work cut out from day one to prove himself to the Australian football public.

Almost two years down the line, it is safe to say that the Brazilian has proven that he has what it takes and exceeded expectations along the way to become the most coveted striker in A-League history.

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