Mario Jardel de Almeida Ribeiro (born 18 September 1973) is a Brazilian professional footballer who is currently a free agent. Despite not possessing extreme technical ability, Jardel was most noted for his positioning on the field and 'being at the right place at the right time. With this exceptional positioning ability, Jardel was able to become one of Europe's most prolific strikers during his time at FC Porto, Galatasaray, and Sporting Clube de Portugal.
Jardel played for Vasco da Gama, but moved in 1995 to Gremio Porto Alegre, where he won the Libertadores Cup.
In 1996, he was linked to several teams, and after failing to transfer to Benfica and Rangers (due to the strict British rules involving non-EU players), he signed with Portuguese side FC Porto, where with help from players such as Zlatko Zahovic, Sergio Conceicao, and Ljubinko Drulovic, he was the top goalscorer in Europe for three years , with a goal average of slightly over one goal per match . Although he was top scorer three times, due to the use of coefficients based on each European league's standards, he only won twice, the 199899 and 200102 European Golden Boots. He lost out to Kevin Phillips in 199900 despite Phillips having scored six fewer goals than Jardel.
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