The former Uruguayan international Sebastián 'El Loco' Abreu has signed for a world record 26th professional club. The 41-year-old striker joined the Chilean top-flight side Audax Italiano after leaving second-division Puerto Montt, having scored 11 goals from 13 matches for the side.
Les informo que @audaxitaliano será mi próximo club para la temporada 2018 que tendremos por delante Liga,Copa Chile y Sudamericana siendo mi décima séptima participación con equipos a nivel @CONMEBOL,el 9 de enero comenzara la pretemporada,con mucha ilusión y sueños #forzaaudax pic.twitter.com/h1MbdJaftY— Loco13Abreu #52.601 (@loco13com) 26 December 2017
This transfer means that Abreu surpasses the retired German goalkeeper Lutz Pfannenstiel, the previous world-record holder who played for 25 teams over the course of his career.
Abreu: 70 international appearances with Uruguay
Abreu made 70 international appearances with Uruguay. Perhaps, he is best remembered for scoring Uruguay’s winning penalty in their 2010 World Cup quarter-final match against Ghana.
¡Por eso le dicen 'Loco'!— Jimena Alvarez (@Jimena_Alvarez) 18 December 2017
🇺🇾 Washington Sebastián Abreu se atrevió a hacerlo en un Mundial contra 🇬🇭 Ghana.
¡🔄 si es el mejor penal a lo 'Panenka! pic.twitter.com/P8iNgo6D2D
(That's why they call him 'loco')
World Record number of clubs
Throughout his 23-year career, “El Loco” has enjoyed stints in 11 different countries and has scored more than 400 goals.
'The Uruguayan striker breaks the Guinness world record for the player who has played in the colours of the greatest number of clubs in the history of football,' his latest club said in a statement.
'El Loco' Abreu, the most-well travelled professional footballer, has played for the following teams:
-Defensor (Uruguay): 1995-1996
-San Lorenzo (Argentina): 1996-1998, 2000-2001
-Deportivo de la Coruña (Spain): 1998-2004
-Gremio (Brazil): 1998
-Tecos (Mexico):1998-2000, 2004
-Nacional (Uruguay): 2001, 2004-2005
-Cruz Azul (Mexico): 2002-2003
-América (Mexico): 2003
-Dorados de Sinaloa (Mexico): 2005-2006
-Monterrey (Mexico): 2006
-San Luis (Mexico): 2007
-Tigres UANL (Mexico): 2007-2008
-Beitar Jerusalem (Israel): 2008
-River Plate (Argentina): 2008-2009
-Real Sociedad (Spain): 2009
-Aris (Greece): 2009-2010
-Botafogo (Brazil): 2010-2012
-Figueirense (Brazil): 2012
-Rosario Central (Argentina): 2013-2014
-Aucas (Ecuador): 2015
-Sol de Ámerica (Paraguay): 2016
-Santa Tecla (El Salvador): 2016
-Bangu (Brazil): 2017
-Central Español (Uruguay): 2017
-Puerto Montt (Chile): 2017
-Audax Italiano (Chile): 2018-
'El Loco' stands only five goals short of the Uruguayan all-time goalscoring record, which is held by Hector Scarone with 31 goals.