Look, no one is really surprised with the way Australia’s 2014 World Cup campaign ended. However, you might be surprised to know that currently Tim Cahill has scored more World Cup goals than Franck Ribery, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, and the entire Indian National Team combined (Eat it, Pablo Das). And he’s done so scoring goals like this absolute beauty:
The above goal is being touted as one of the best goals of the World Cup thus far. However, not only does Timmy score beautiful goals but he does so when it matters most. In 2006, Cahill’s first World Cup, he came off the bench to bury the nation’s first ever World Cup goal in the 84th minute to draw level with Japan. Then, a mere five minutes later, Cahill stood atop the box and decided one wasn’t enough as he put one in off the inside post to elevate the Socceroos over their rival Japan. While his success at the international level was just beginning, Cahill had already started making a name for himself in the Premier League.
Cahill started his club career with Millwall, the south-east London squad, in 1997. After Cahill’s first full season with the club he came out firing, scoring 12 goals in 40 games. After enjoying a few years of success in England’s second division, Cahill made his move to the Premier League with his signing to Everton.
For the 2004-2005 season, Cahill’s first with Everton, he was the club’s leading goal scorer with 11 goals in 33 games. Cahill went on to become the Everton Player of the Year as well as to be nominated for the Ballon d’or, Everton’s first player nominated for the award in 18 years. Cahill enjoyed a similar level of success during the 2005-2006 campaign but was stricken with injury after returning from the 2006 World Cup.
Cahill returned to form halfway through the 2006-2007 campaign and did so in emphatic fashion, drilling home a diving header in the 14th minute of his first game back in Champions League play. That same year Cahill earned the nickname “Tiny Tim” due to his small stature.
In 2009 “Tiny Tim” became the most prolific scorer of headed goals in the history of England’s Premier League with 27 of his 37 total goals coming off his head. Cahill finished his time in the English Premier league with 31 of his 54 total goals scored coming off his head.
With international success in the 2010 and 2014 World Cup, Cahill’s international career seems to be winding down as it is highly unlikely the 34-year-old will be around for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Cahill has scored 31 goals in 74 appearances for the Socceroos and is now the nation’s most prolific goal scorer. He is also one of six players to score goals in three World Cups, joining the likes of Arjen Robben, Robin Van Persie and Jurgen Klinsmann.
Recently, Cahill has enjoyed success in the MLS for the Red Bulls where he has had back to back double digit scoring seasons with the New York based squad. As his career starts to die down his records and memory will live on as the Socceroos look to rebuild their squad with Ange Postecoglou at the helm. You will be missed “Tiny Tim”.
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