Former Bolton Wanderers striker Jardel elected to become politician

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Former Bolton striker Jardel will take up a politics role in Brazil.

Remember Jardel? One of European football's most prolific strikers in the late 90s, he looked anything but during a brief spell with Bolton in 2003.

The Brazilian striker is moving into a new career, now 41-years-old, he is moving into politics.

Portuguese newspaper O Jogo report he has been voted in as a deputy senator in Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil.

He is not the only footballing representative, with World Cup veterans of 1994, Bebeto and Romario also in similar roles.

While at Bolton, Jardel scored only three goals, all in the League Cup, during his one season at the club, often looking unfit.

That was a far cry from his phenomenal form with Porto, where he scored 166 goals in 169 games.

After Bolton, he went onto play for 13 clubs in various countries, from Bulgaria to Australia, finally retiring in 2010.

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