Brazilian Mario Jardel has decided to donate the Golden Boot trophy that he achieved with Sporting de Portugal in the 2001-2002 season, thanks to his 42 goals, after this and others were robbed at his home in Brazil last June Awards that days later the police ended up recovering.
The trophy that recognized him as the top scorer in the European leagues in that season can already be seen in the Sporting Museum in Portugal, after being presented in person by Mario Jardel himself, a Grêmio idol who in 1995 won the Cup with the Brazilian club Libertadores, where he was the top gunner.
On his return to the Sporting headquarters, Mario Jardel recalled that in his time at the Verdiblanco club he coincided with two players who were already emerging at that time, Cristiano Ronaldo and Ricardo Quaresma, today two Portuguese veterans still active.
Jardel, who hung up his boots in 2012, recalled Sporting’s squad from that season, coached by Laszló Boloni, as “one of the best teams ever.”
Together with Cristiano Ronaldo
Along with the Golden Boot, the Sporting Museum also shows a snapshot of Jardel with Cristiano and the Argentine Héctor Yazalde, who was also the Golden Boot in the 1973-1974 season with the Lisbon team.
“Being by their side is gratifying,” said Jardel, who also won the trophy for top European scorer in the 1998-1999 season, although in that case at the service of Porto, a club he arrived at from Brazil in 1995.