Al Ahli's Grafite is only one goal less than Asamoah Gyan on the top-scorer list.
Al Ahli may have ambitions of taking the Pro League championship from Al Ain this season, but their Brazilian striker Grafite has eyes for Asamoah Gyan’s goalking crown.
The 33-year-old Brazilian striker enjoyed a successful first campaign in the UAE, finding the net 30 times in 35 games following his transfer from Wolfsburg, the German side he helped fire to the 2009 Bundesliga title.
Sixteen of his goals for Ahli were scored in the Pro League, ensuring Grafite finished joint second in the race for the golden boot, an accolade eventually secured by another division debutant – Asamoah Gyan, the Al Ain frontman then on loan from the Premier League club Sunderland.
But when a player scores 16 goals in eight Pro League appearances so far this season (one goal behind Asamoah Gyan), he is bound to dominate conversations.
Twice Grafite has scored four goals in a match – against quality sides such as Al Ain a...