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Claudio Andres del Transito Maldonado Rivera, or just Claudio Maldonado, is a Chilean football player. He rarely goes forward, his goal tally is less than ten, although 3 of the goals were a hat-trick against Manchester United in a friendly in 2007, but what he lacks in scoring Maldonado makes up for in tenacity and an ability to break down the opposition with great effectiveness. He is married with Vanderlei Luxemburgo's daughter and has Brazilian citizenship. He currently plays for Brazilian Serie A club Flamengo.
In May 2003, Vanderlei Luxemburgo, then coach of Cruzeiro, bought the services of Maldonado. At the time of the purchase, Maldonado's then girlfriend was Luxemburgo's daughter. Nevertheless while with Cruzeiro, Maldonado experienced the most success of his career. In 2003 he captained the only team in the history of Brazilian football to win the triple crown.
For the 2006 season, Maldonado was reunited with former Cruzeiro's coach Luxemburgo at Santos for a fee of $4.5 million. However at the end of the Brazilian season was scheduled to have ankle surgery which caused him to miss up to two months. After recuperating Maldonado continued playing for Santos reaching the semi-finals of the 2007 Copa Libertadores. Currently Santos has completed the 2007 Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A in second place and are eligible to compete in the upcoming Copa Libertadores 2008. He was being tracked by Fenerbahce, Milan, Real Madrid and Ajax but no firm offers better than Fenerbahce have been made. At 28 he is at the peak of his potential and European teams may want to capitalise on this, but they may be put off by the 8 red cards that he has received in the last 3 years at club level.
Player profile @ Flamengo.com.br
Fla apresenta os experientes Alavaro e Maldonado, reforcos para a defesa
Dupla de 'plebeus' brilha, e Flamengo vence o Santo Andre no Maracana
Em 'revival' de emocao dos anos 80, Fla bate o Galo por 3 a 1 e pula para 3 lugar
Maldonado e Fierro devem ser titulares do Chile contra a Eslovaquia
Maldonado se destaca em vitoria do Chile, mas sai machucado e preocupa Fla
Maldonado lamenta lesao: 'Sei que vai ser uma recuperacao longa'
Maldonado desembarca no Rio mancando e com dores
Maldonado so volta ao Flamengo daqui a pelo menos quatro meses
Santos official website
Flamengo official website
claudiomaldonado.com Claudio Maldonado Unoffical Fan Website
Profile at TFF
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