Aritz Aduriz is a living legend at Athletic Club. At 36 years old he has seen it all and is still playing at an extremely high level. So far this season he has featured in all seven matches, scoring five goals in total, including the second strike in Athletic’s 2-0 win over Girona at the San Mamés on Sunday. While many are quick to praise his incredible form over the past few years, it is easy to forget that he has been chasing history. With his goal over the weekend, Aduriz reached yet another important milestone in his career.
Aduriz’s goal against Girona on Sunday marked the 150th of his career while playing with Athletic Club. The Lezama product is the ninth player to reach this milestone in club history, which also means he is also Athletic’s ninth highest scorer. In total he has scored 108 league goals, 12 in the Copa del Rey, 3 in the Champions League, 23 in the Europa League, and 4 in the Spanish Super Cup. He needs just two more goals to equal Gainza for eighth all-time.
Interestingly enough, Aritz Aduriz is also the 20th leading scorer in La Liga history. He has found the back of the net 148 times in the Spanish league, which of course also includes goals while away from Athletic. He currently trails Adrián Escudero by two goals, but could definitely climb as high as 15th all-time which is currently held by Samuel Eto’o with a total of 162 goals. With Aduriz still playing at a very high level, there is no reason to believe that he won’t continue to climb the historic scorers list with Athletic Club and in La Liga.
When it comes to Aritz Aduriz the future is still a huge question mark. He has said on multiple occasions that he plans on playing as long as he still enjoys the game and his body will allow him to do so. Meanwhile, manager Kuko Ziganda has been open about the fact that he plans on giving the 36-year-old plenty of rest this season, which could go a long way to extending his career further. Before the game against Girona he did miss several days of training with lower back pain, but that seemed nonexistent while he was on the pitch. Regardless of what the future holds, Aduriz is a living legend and will have plenty of chances to continue making history.