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Sevilla success boosts Bacca’s stature as one of Europe’s elite

| 28.05.2015

Sevilla secured further Europa League success over Dnirpo in Warsaw, as they became the first club in history to successfully retain the trophy twice, with Colombian marksman Carlos Bacca firing his La Liga side to glory with a fine European brace.

The clinical Colombia international has been quietly going about his rampant business for the majority of his career, consistently scoring goals in his native country, Belgium and now Spain’s top-flight.

Soccer - UEFA Europa League - Final - Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk v Sevilla - Stadion Narodowy

However, Bacca’s latest menacing performances up front for Sevilla on the European stage has catapulted him into the spotlight, with a host of top European clubs sure to be enquiring about his services this summer, including Manchester United (9/2 with Coral for 2015/16 title) who are searching for reinforcements in that department for next term.

Having fired in an incredible 28 goals in all competitions, including 20 in La Liga this season, Bacca has ascended towards the top of the list of Europe’s most deadliest hitmen, with his impressive displays in front of goal helping Sevilla win back-to-back European crowns and finish fifth in the Spanish league.

Soccer - La Liga - Sevilla FC v Granada FC - Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium

Bacca has only ever failed to hit double figures in one season in his club career, during his maiden half a campaign with Club Brugge when arriving mid-way through the term in 2012, but has since gone on to progress, rapidly earning himself a reputation as one the most feared frontmen in the top European divisions.

Like all great strikers, Bacca has begun to add trophies along with his sublime goalscoring records, proving his worth to any side gunning for silverware success in their domestic leagues or European competition, having dispatched an impressive 17 strikes this calendar year, including goals in Sevilla’s Europa League quarter, semi and final clashes.

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After securing a place in next season’s Champions League with their latest European exploits, Sevilla will want to keep hold of their star striker but, having become known for selling off their big players each summer, a switch to the Premier League is seemingly likely for Bacca.

Last summer the Spanish club let key playmaker Ivan Rakitic join Barcelona for £16m, Alberto Moreno to Liverpool for £12m and Federico Fazio went to Spurs for £8m, and spent supremely wisely with eventual arrivals featuring Aleix Vidal, Daniel Carrico and Ever Banega, who all helped secure silverware success this term.

Soccer - UEFA Europa League - Final - Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk v Sevilla - Stadion Narodowy

A big summer is ahead for Sevilla’s leading marksman; as one Colombia striker in the form of Radamel Falcao declines dramatically in form after a problematic knee injury, a new Los Cafeteros hero emerges with Bacca’s prolific presence paving the way for a clinical career for club and country.

Colombia will go into this year’s Copa America as 11/2 fourth-favourites to triumph, and Bacca’s price-tag will surely only continue to, like his goalscoring form, rocket as this Sevilla sharpshooter knocks on the door of becoming a truly world class frontman.



Lee Gormley

Lee joined the Coral team in 2014 after studying at Leeds Trinity University, having moved across the water from Ireland, and has plenty of industry experience from his time with various news outlets in both England and Northern Ireland. After graduating with a BA Honours degree in Sports Journalism, he has since become an important member of the talented sports desk, passionately covering boxing, football and snooker, among many other sports. Lee is also a massive Manchester United and Republic of Ireland fan, but curbs any bias during his work, and outside of his job can be found regularly taking part in sport himself, such as boxing, GAA and football.