The transfers that shaped the career of Icelandic legend, Eidur Gudjohnsen.
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Arguably Iceland’s greatest ever player, due to him being his country's highest goal scorer with 26 goals, his move to England really shaped the forwards career.  

It was three clubs that really helped Eidur Gudjohnsen’s career and his success, Bolton WanderersChelsea and Barcelona.  

After netting 65 goals and 32 assists across the Premier League and Spanish La Liga in 282 appearances, his 97 goal contributions for the three clubs does not do justice for his illustrious career.  

Bolton Wanderers 

After making the switch to Bolton Wanderers in 1998, who would have known that just over a decade later, his trophy cabinet would include 10 honours. Accolades that included a Champions League medal and two Premier League titles.  

Making his debut in the same year as he signed, September 1998, it turned out to be a phenomenally successful era on English soil for Eidur Gudjohnsen.  

During his second season at The Trotters, he netted 21 times in all competitions. This helped the club reach the semi-finals of both the F.A. Cup and League Cup.  

After leaving Bolton in 2000, Gudjohnsen was reunited with the Northern club 15 years later at 36-years-old.  

Chelsea 

On June 19th of the new millennium, Gudjohnsen signed for Chelsea for a fee of £4.5million. During the same transfer window, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was signed who would partner the Icelandic.  

Making his debut in August 2000, in the Charity Shield, he was involved in a 2-0 win over Manchester United at New Wembley. Despite being used as a substitute for most of the season, he still managed to score 13 times in his debut campaign.  

During the second season, often when players show their best following a settling in period, his partnership with Hasselbaink supplied tremendous success as the pair scored 52 times between them across all competitions. Over his score six year period at Stamford Bridge, the number 22 netted 78 times in blue.   

Once Jose Mourinho arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2004, Gudjohnsen helped the club to two Premier League medals in back to back years. The first double in the club's history. A personal highlight from his time at Chelsea came after netting a hat-trick against Blackburn Rovers in October 2004, helping his side to a 4-0 win.  

Barcelona 

After six wonderful years at Stamford Bridge, the switch to the Catalan giants was too hard to down for the Icelandic legend. In 2006, he signed for £8million with the motive to replace Henrik Larsson.  

Making his debut in the opening month of the campaign, the new signing was introduced to the Supercopa De Espana as a half-time substitute.  

The first goal for the Spanish Giants came on his debut. Away at Celta Vigo, Gudjohnsen was introduced to the field with 16 minutes left on the clock. Despite being on the pitch for only a brief time, he managed to find the back of net after scoring the winner in a 2-3 win.  

Being part of the treble winning side will remain a fond memory for the striker, who won the La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League in the 2008/09 season under Pep Guardiola. A side in which is regarded one of the best teams in modern history. 

 

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