Joaquín Botero Vaca
(born December 10, 1977 in La Paz
) is a Bolivian
. He was the top goalscorer in world football in the 2002 season, with 49 goals scored for Club Bolívar
. He currently plays for San José
in the Liga de Fútbol Profesional Boliviano
After scoring 133 goals for Bolívar
and becoming the club's 2nd highest goalscorer of all time, he left the club to play abroad.
Botero's first foreign club was the Mexican
. In his first season with Pumas, the 2003 Apertura, he scored 3 goals in 17 games. After scoring another 3 in 9 games in the 2004 Clausura, Botero broke out in the 2004 Apertura, registering 11 goals in 19 games.
In 2006, he joined Club Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro
of the Primera División de Argentina
and in 2007 he played for Deportivo Tachira
of Venezuela. After an unsuccessful stint in those two clubs, Botero returned to Bolívar
as a free agent in 2008.
He joined Correcaminos UAT
for the Clausura 2009 season, marking his return to Mexico
In January 2010, he was loaned out to Al Arabi Kuwait
for $170,000 .
In 14 January 2011, Botero makes official a move to club San José
, thus returning to play in his country.
Since 1999, Botero was a regular player for the Bolivian national team
including participations in the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup
, Copa América 2001
and Copa América 2004
. On April 1, 2009 Botero scored a hat-trick for Bolivia
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