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Paulo Wanchope

Paulo Cesar Wanchope Watson (born 31 July 1976 in Heredia), also known as "Chope" or as "La Cobra" in Central America and South America, is a Costa Rican former professional footballer. As of February 2009, Wanchope is the second most prolific goalscorer in the history of the national football team, behind Rolando Fonseca, with 45 goals in 73 international matches.

Paulo Wanchope began his career with CS Herediano, until he went to England to play with Derby County F.C where he made his career scoring two hat-tricks on his debut along with fellow Costa Rican Mauricio Solis in 1997. Wanchope marked his debut for Derby in an impressive fashion, scoring a memorable goal against Manchester United, beating four United players before slotting past Peter Schmeichel during a 3-2 win - the goal was later voted the greatest in the club's history by the Derby fans as part of the club's 125th Anniversary Celebrations. He proved a treat for English football fans, as he showed his capabilities of being both sublime and ridiculous in equal measure. After scoring 28 goals in 83 games within 2 seasons for Derby, Wanchope was sold to West Ham United for 3.5 million.

Wanchope earned a starting position at Man City, but was unable to help them survive immediate relegation back to the First Division in 2001. The following season was a mixed one for Wanchope. Despite missing large chunks of it through injury, he still managed 12 goals in just 15 games and often showed his best form. After City's return to the top flight he played almost no part, with injury once again keeping him on the sidelines. However, he returned to play a vital part at the end of 2003/04 and scored some vital goals to help avoid relegation, including the winning goal against Newcastle United, which effectively made City safe. He was remembered as a extravagant talent by City fans, and his celebration of a goal at Southampton, when he grabbed a TV microphone and joyfully screamed into it, just added to his character status. Whilst he was at City, he was a part of a strike force with Paul Dickov, which led to the Wanchope-Dickov slogan.

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