Atletico Madrid announce the signing of Jackson Martinez from Porto
Atlético Madrid and Porto have reached an agreement for the transfer of Jackson Martínez. The Colombian striker will sign his contract as an Atlético for the next four seasons.
Read the full statement from Atletico Madrid below:
A full international with the Colombian national team, Jackson Arley Martínez Valencia (Quibdó, Colombia, 3/10/1986) began his career with Independiente of Medellin, club with which he was champion of the Finalización Tournament in 2009, in his last year in his country. From there, he made the leap to the Mexican Jaguares de Chiapas, where he stayed for three seasons and scored 33 goals in 64 matches.
From Mexico, the international Colombian crossed the pond to play in Europe. Jackson signed for Porto, where he has played the last three seasons, scoring 92 goals in 133 games. With the 'Dragões' he has been League champion in the 12-13 season, two-time champion of the Portuguese Super Cup (2012-2013) and has won the three last top scorer trophies in the Portuguese League. In addition, his performances in the Champions League have not gone unnoticed, since the Colombian striker has scored 13 goals in 24 games.
A full international for Colombia on 38 occasions, Jackson Martínez played the past Brazil World Cup, where his national team was beaten in the quarter-finals. Here, he scored two goals in Colombia’s win against Japan (4-1). And was also present in the recent 2015 Copa América in Chile, where he played three matches.
Jose Luis Perez Caminero expressed his joy for the arrival of the Colombian striker. Our Sporting Director believes that he is a great reinforcement: "We are very pleased with the agreement, because Jackson Martinez is an extraordinary striker, able to rapidly solve any attacking play inside the box. Thanks to his size, he heads very well and interchangeably uses either feet to shoot. I am sure that he will greatly increase the potential of our team and will bring plenty to the group. We are delighted with his signing because he is a football player used to compete at a top level in Porto and has shone brightly in important competitions such as the Champions League."