Hernán Jorge Crespo is an Argentine professional football coach and former player. A prolific striker, he has scored over 300 goals in a career spanning 19 years. At international level, Crespo scored 35 goals and is Argentina’s fourth highest goalscorer behind only Sergio Agüero, Gabriel Batistuta and Lionel Messi. He played in three FIFA World Cups: 1998, 2002, 2006. At club level, Crespo was the world’s most expensive player, when he was bought by Lazio from Parma in 2000 for €56 million (£35.5 million). He was top scorer in the 2000–01 Serie A with 26 goals, playing for Lazio. Crespo’s awards include three Serie A scudetti, a Copa Libertadores, a Premier League title and an Olympic Games silver medal. In 2004, he was named by Pelé in the FIFA 100 list of the world’s greatest living players. Crespo never received a red card during his career.
Chelsea vs Milan
Match Worn Shirt
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This shirt was worn by Hernan Crespo during the second half of the pre-season “World Series 2005” tournament’s game between A.C.Milan and Chelsea which took place in Foxboro, Massachusetts, Gillette Stadium, on July 24th 2005. The shirt was swapped by Hernan Crespo with an A.C.Milan player who we got it from. This shirt also represents the 100th Anniversary’s shirt of Chelsea which took place in 2005. In summer 2005, after Chelsea’s failed attempts to land a big-name striker, Mourinho needed competition for striker Didier Drogba and decided to recall Crespo from A.C. Milan, convincing him that he had a future in England. Crespo made his first return appearance in a 2–1 FA Community Shield win over Arsenal. He scored his first league goal of 2005 against newly promoted Wigan Athletic in the 93rd minute of Chelsea’s season opener in a 1–0 win, with a left foot curler into the top corner from 25 yards. The 2005–06 league title was Crespo’s first league title victory in European football.
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While commonly known as Hernán, Crespo was christened Hernando Jorge Crespo, after his grandfather of the same name. His most common nickname is “Valdanito”, after legendary compatriot striker Jorge Valdano, as he was thought to be his heir due to their similar appearance and eye for goal. He is also called, although less often, “El Polaco” (or “The Pole”) because his grandmother was Polish. Crespo won his first cap for Argentina in a friendly match against Bulgaria in February 1995. He was a member of the Argentina side that finished runners-up in the 1995 King Fahd Cup, the predecessor to the FIFA Confederations Cup. In 1996, Crespo was a member of the Argentina men’s football squad for the Olympic Games. Crespo helped take Argentina to the final with braces against Spain in the quarter-final and Portugal in the semi-final. However, Argentina lost the final to Nigeria, despite Crespo scoring his sixth goal of the tournament from the penalty spot. Crespo scored his first goal for the Argentina senior team in a 1998 World Cup qualifier against Ecuador and hit a hat-trick against FR Yugoslavia in a pre-World Cup friendly. Crespo was called up to the final roster for the 1998 World Cup but only made one substitute appearance, as Gabriel Batistuta led the Argentine attack. Crespo missed his kick in the second round penalty shoot-out with England, but Argentina progressed 4–3. During qualification for the 2002 World Cup, Crespo was top scorer for Argentina with nine goals as they topped the South American group. During the finals, Batistuta was again preferred to Crespo as Argentina’s starting centre forward. Crespo appeared as a substitute in all three group matches, including the final match against Sweden, which Argentina needed to win in order to qualify for the second round. Though Crespo scored an 88th-minute equaliser, it was not to be enough and Argentina were eliminated. After the 2002 World Cup, Batistuta retired from international football, and Crespo took over as Argentina’s number 9. During the 2006 World Cup qualifying stage, Crespo scored seven times, including two goals in Argentina’s 3–1 World Cup qualifying win over arch-rivals Brazil in Buenos Aires, which made him Argentina’s career scoring leader in World Cup qualifiers. Crespo scored Argentina’s first goal of the 2006 World Cup in their opening match against the Ivory Coast. He also scored in the second group game against Serbia and Montenegro and the second round match against Mexico. However, Argentina’s run was ended as they were knocked out by host nation Germany on penalties in the quarter-final. Crespo’s final appearances for Argentina came at 2007 Copa América. He scored twice in Argentina’s 4–1 victory over the United States in their Group C opener, tying Diego Maradona’s team scoring record. He then overtook Maradona in Argentina’s second match, scoring a penalty kick against Colombia. However, he substituted immediately after converting the kick due to injury and missed the remainder of the tournament. After the Copa América, Crespo did not receive any further call-ups to the national team and ended his international career with 35 goals in 64 matches, making him Argentina’s third highest goalscorer of all-time, behind Gabriel Batistuta and Lionel Messi.
Fifa World Cup “GERMANY 2006”
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Crespo was a fast, tenacious, powerful, and complete striker, who possessed good technique, composure in possession, and an eye for goal; he also excelled in the air. A prolific and opportunistic goal-scorer, he was capable of finishing well both with his feet and with his head, and was known for his ability to score acrobatic goals. He was also effective off the ball due to his work-rate, tactical intelligence, and attacking movement, which he often used to provide depth for his team or create space for his teammates; he was also capable of linking up well with other forwards. Due to his goalscoring ability and wide range of skills, he is regarded as one of the best strikers of his generation, and as one of Serie A’s best ever foreign players. Despite his ability, he faced several injuries throughout his career, which limited his playing time at times.