Roque Santa Cruz is the new reinforcement of Libertad

Liberty announced this Monday the hiring of the experienced forward Roque Santa Cruz, one of the most outstanding players in the history of Paraguay and the historic scorer of the Albirroja team.

In this way, the 40-year-old striker will play for the first time in a team from his country other than Olympia, where he made his debut in the First Division in 1997 and which he left a few days ago after five years.

On December 12, after winning the Super Cup with the Dean, Santa Cruz announced that he would leave the Asuncion team, although he clarified that he would not retire from soccer.

In this way, the top scorer left Olimpia after 235 games, 10 titles achieved in his two spells at the club and as the second all-time top scorer, with 91 goals, behind Mauro Caballero.

Santa Cruz, born in Asunción in 1981, had an outstanding career in European football, where he defended the colors of Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Real Betis and Malaga.

With the Bavarian club, the striker won the 2001 UEFA Champions League and the Intercontinental Cup. He also won five leagues and four local cups.

These were all the titles he achieved on that continent, the one he left for a period of time in 2015 to play for the Mexican Cruz Azul.

With his National Team, Santa Cruz played the World Cups in Korea-Japan 2002, Germany 2006 and South Africa 2010. In the first of these he scored a goal in the 2-2 draw between Paraguay and South Africa.

He also played four editions of the Copa América and took the podium in 2011 when Albirroja finished second, after losing to Uruguay in the final.