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Mario Jardel's Biography

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Mario Jardel (Ribeiro de Aleida) was born in Fortaleza, Brazil on 18 September 1973.

Mario Jardel won 7 caps for Brazil.

A former European Golden Boot winner, Mario Jardel used to be a prolific goalscorer. Bolton Wanderers signed him for £400,000 from Sporting Lisbon, although he appeared overweight, but he struggled in the premiership - never making the starting line-up in league games. He was loaned to Serie A club, Ancona in January 2004.

Mario Jardel has since departed Ancona and is part of the Newell's Old Boys squad in Argentina.

ESPN had a news report, entitled Brazilian Jardel breaks Alaves contract, which stated:

"Brazilian striker Mario Jardel has broken his contract with Alaves less than a month after signing a deal with the Spanish second division club. 'Mario Jardel has decided to leave Vitoria and return to his home country,' Alaves said on their website on Tuesday.

"The 31-year-old former Brazil international had signed a private agreement with Alaves until 2007, but could not be registered to play in Spain as he is under contract with Argentine side Newell's Old Boys until June.

"The player was trying to get the deal with Newell's annulled because of alleged non-payment of salary.

"'Over the last few weeks Alaves have been waiting for Mario Jardel to clarify his legal situation with respect to his contract with Newell's Old Boys,' said Alaves. 'During that time Mario Jardel has asked for advance payments which the club would not agree to.' ..."

In August 2005 Sambafoot stated:

"Forward Mario Jardel is on his way to France to negotiate, a contract with the AS Nancy.

"Inactive since February 2005, the former FC Porto striker has been training for a few weeks with CT of São Paulo to preserve his fitness ..."

In December 2009, Mario Jardel played in a testimonial for goalkeeper Danrlei and was still managing to find the net.

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