A famous goalkeeper of Lebanese origin is running for the presidency of the Republic of Paraguay

18 June, 2022
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A famous goalkeeper of Lebanese origin is running for the presidency of the Republic of Paraguay


Famous goalkeeper Jose Luis Chilavert has announced his candidacy for the presidential elections in his country, Paraguay, which will be held next year (2023), to join a long list of football stars who stormed the field of politics after their retirement.


Chilavert said that he will run in the elections as an independent to compete with the current president of the South American country, Mario Abdo Benitez, knowing that he is of Lebanese descent, and came to power on April 22, 2018, representing the Colorado Party, which has ruled the country since 1947.


Chilavert, 56, wrote on his Twitter account: "After long thought and a sense of responsibility for building a better Paraguay, I have decided to officially announce my candidacy for the presidency, so that our people can be proud of being Paraguayan." Chilavert retired in 2004, and is considered one of the most famous goalkeepers in South America, and is famous for scoring a large number of goals, especially through free kicks and penalty kicks.


With a score of 67 goals, he ranks second in the list of goalkeepers with the most goals scored in football history behind Brazilian Rogerio Ceni (132 goals), but Chilavert is unique in being the only goalkeeper who managed to score three goals (hat-trick) in one match.

Chilavert began his career in 1982 at Club Deportivo Lucino and then Guarani Club, and in 1985 he moved to Argentine club San Lorenzo and after 3 years with him, he moved to Real Zaragoza, and defended his colors until 1991. And between 1991 and 2000 he played his longest period with one club when he joined the Argentine club Velez Sarsfield, then returned to Europe from the gate of the French club Strasbourg, and in 2002 he joined the Peñarol club in Uruguay, before returning to Velez Sarsfield and retiring from its ranks.


At the international level, Chilavert played 74 caps with the Paraguay national team, during which he scored 8 goals, and participated in the 1998 and 2022 World Cups.

And if Chilavert is elected president of Uruguay, the famous goalkeeper will repeat the experience of Liberian striker George Weah, who was elected in 2017, after several previous attempts.



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