Edinson Roberto Cavani Gómez
(born 14 February 1987 in Salto
) is a Uruguayan footballer
origins. He currently plays as a striker
. Cavani is nicknamed "El Matador" for his commanding presence.
Cavani moved to Montevideo when he was 12 years old, and came through the youth system at Danubio F.C.
to make his debut for the first team in 2006. He was part of the Apertura 2006 championship winning squad, scoring nine goals in his debut season.
After his breakthrough at the 2007 South American Youth Championship, several big teams were reportedly interested in signing Cavani, including Juventus
and AC Milan
. However, on 29 January 2007, Palermo
chairman Maurizio Zamparini
announced the signing of the promising Uruguayan.
Cavani made his debut on 11 March 2007 in a home league match against Fiorentina
, coming on in the 55th minute with his team 0–1 down and scoring an impressive equaliser only fifteen minutes later, a goal reminiscent of Marco van Basten
's strike in the 1988 UEFA European Football Championship final
. In his second season with the Rosanero
, Cavani found himself fighting for a first team place with Fabrizio Miccoli