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Published on April 18th, 2018 | by David Kraakman

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Top Uruguayans – Cavani and Pereiro clinch league titles for their clubs

Two top Uruguayans in Europe landed league title wins for their club as Edinson Cavani and Gastón Pereiro added yet more silverware to their collection 

Edinson Cavani – leading PSG to another trophy

Despite having a phenomenal personal campaign, scoring 49 times in 50 appearances for Paris Saint-Germain, last season was a bit disappointing on a team level as the club lost out on the championship for the first time in five years. The refreshing AS Monaco stunned the country and captured their eighth league title.

This season, a repeat seemed unlikely for Monaco with their rivals PSG acquiring their star player, Brazilian phenomenon Neymar, and Kylian Mbappé on top of that. The purpose of those signings was to win the Champions League but it also made them odds-on favourites to win the league. And indeed, all season, even when Neymar was absent, the Parisians have walked the league.

On Sunday, the title was eventually secured and coincidentally Monaco were the opponents. PSG showed who is boss in France and humiliated Leonardo Jardim’s side by beating them 7-1. Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani was one of the standout players, scoring one and brilliantly assisting another besides some great overall play throughout the whole game. Cavani is the star man in France at the moment as he leads the goalscoring charts with 25 strikes.

Gastón Pereiro – the star man in yet another big game

Since Gastón Pereiro’s arrival at PSV Eindhoven, his qualities have been clear for everyone to see but the one thing that hurts the Uruguayan is his lack of consistency. Pereiro’s high-level displays in big games have been very consistent, though, scoring goal after goal vs. PSV’s big rivals Feyenoord and Ajax.

The latter fell victim of another Pereiro goal on Sunday and it is was part of a brilliant performance by PSV that saw the club beat Ajax 3-0 to claim the league title. Pereiro was unplayable as the creative force in midfield as he set up his teammates on numerous occasions and threatened the opposing goal as well. Pereiro has now scored three goals in his last three appearances, finally showing consistency.

Nico López – starting off the season in style

On top of the world back in 2011 when he was one of the star players at the U20 World cup, Nico López hasn’t quite delivered on his promise in the years that succeeded. In fact, El Diente – as he is nicknamed – has experienced quite a disastrous career so far with very few highlights. It didn’t work in Europe, where he moved quickly after impressing at the youth World Cup.

A nice spell back home at Nacional led him to Brazil to play for Internacional but it hasn’t gone according to plan at the Brazilian club either. This weekend, however, López showed something positive in Inter’s opening game of the Brazilian league season. The 24-year-old scored twice in a 2-0 win over Bahia, making Uruguayans wonder if now might be the time for him to fully unlock his potential.

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My name is David Kraakman and I passionately follow football in general and especially the Uruguayan national team, whom I also support. With my twitter account "UruguayanHeroes" I try to keep everybody interested in La Celeste up-to-date with all relevant information regarding Uruguayan football.



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