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Fornaroli continues to establish himself as A-League’s best

Melbourne City climbed to the top of the A-League ladder following a 3-0 victory over Wellington Phoenix last night, but even with the likes of the Western Sydney Wanderers and Brisbane Roar looking to reclaim first place, City will feel confident heading into this year’s finals given that they have one of the best goal-scorers to ever grace the league.

While Bruno Fornaroli didn’t score in City’s victory over Brisbane a fortnight ago, the Uruguayan showed again just how important he is to their hopes this season with a brace against the Phoenix in round 25. In both those matches, Fornaroli played a key role in his side securing important wins on their potential road to silverware.

Since arriving at AAMI Park from Uruguayan club side Danubio, Fornaroli has wasted little time in establishing himself as one of the most talented players to play in the A-League. A sensational hat-trick against Sydney FC took the 28-year-old’s total for the season to 20 goals in 21 games, and he now sits on an astonishing 22 goals after 25 games.

That is an A-League record, and some have already labelled the forward as the best foreign player to have played in Australia.

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While talk of already being classed as better than the likes of Thomas Broich and Besart Berisha might be a touch premature, it’s hardly surprising when considering just how much of an impact Fornaroli has had during his short time in Australia.

Fornaroli might not have made a name for himself in the same way as world-class superstars Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez, but in Melbourne there is only one Uruguayan who City fans really care about.

Never a prolific striker during his time playing in Greece, Italy, Spain, Argentina and Uruguay, the forward has flourished during his time in Australia. He even finds himself at 1/25 with the betting odds to now finish as the A-League’s top scorer this season.

While the likes of Jamie Maclaren and Besart Berisha are still within touching distance of the South American, it’s hard to see how Fornaroli won’t top the scoring charts in his first year in the A-League when based on current form.

For City, heading into the A-League finals on the back of topping the league would be a massive morale boost and further proof that they are now a real powerhouse in this division.

The Wanderers, Brisbane and Adelaide might all have more experience in the finals, and know what it takes to succeed in the postseason, but City are looking as strong as any team in the A-League at the moment. They also have a striker who has already shown he can win games almost single handily.

City won’t want to be too reliant on their in-form frontman, knowing it would only take an injury to rob them of their most dangerous weapon.

But while he’s scoring the goals, John van’t Schip will just be happy to have the striker at his disposal.

Image Credit: W Major

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