Striker Jô was one of the highlights of the Corinthians no tie 1-1 with Fluminense, on Sunday. The 77 shirt was the author of the only goal of the team, in a penalty kick in the first half. With the goal scored against the Cariocas, the 34-year-old tied with Mateus Vital in Timão’s top scorer this season and isolated himself as the club’s top scorer in the 21st century.
Revealed by Corinthians, Jô reached 56 goals for the team at Parque São Jorge. Last Thursday, the center forward equaled Dentinho, now Shakhtar Donetsk, from Ukraine, with 55 goals in the century.
“I thank God for the opportunity to score the goal, to enter the club’s history once again. I never tire of repeating how proud I am to be wearing this shirt, the gratitude for playing since I was little. I’m very happy, I hope I can continue this one brand,” the attacker told the Globe at half-time against Fluminense.
In the current season, Jô has five balls in the net in 24 matches. Now, the veteran is tied with Mateus Vital, who also scored five times. Jô also became the scorer of Timão under the command of Sylvinho, with two goals.
For the first time in 2021, the striker scored a goal in two consecutive matches. Before scoring against Fluminense, the Corinthians fan left his mark in the 2-1 triumph over Sport.
On Wednesday, the player can still match Romero as the top scorer at Neo Química Arena. The center forward is one goal away from the Paraguayan, who scored 27 times on the spot.
Youngest player in Corinthians history to score a goal, Jô made his professional debut in 2003, the year in which he scored just one goal. In 2004 and 2005, there were 10 and seven, respectively. After years working in European football, the player returned to Parque São Jorge in 22017, when he went to the net on 25 occasions and won the Campeonato Paulista and the Brasileirão.
In 2020, the center forward began his third spell at the club after two seasons in Japan. In matches valid for last season, there were eight goals scored.
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