Leeds United fans have worshipped many strikers over the years, and Luciano Becchio remains one of the most popular players with supporters.

Patrick Bamford is the current goalscoring hero at Elland Road, and who can blame Leeds fans for loving him?

Chris Wood, Kemar Roofe and even Ross McCormack have been favourites in recent times – just like Becchio.

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Becchio’s heroics at Leeds

Becchio was a relative unknown when he joined Leeds in 2008.

Sure, he’d been with the likes of Boca Juniors and Barcelona B, but without making a name for himself.

After 27 goals in 54 outings for Merida, Leeds struck – and what a diamond they unearthed.

When Leeds fans talk about strike partnerships, they simply have to bring up Becchio and Jermaine Beckford.

Becchio smashed 86 goals in 221 games for the Whites before making a 2013 move to Norwich City.

A transfer request threatened to sour the relationship, but few really remember that now.

Becchio was never able to recapture his goalscoring touch. The best spell of his career came with Leeds, and he has never forgotten them.

Luciano Becchio celebrates scoring the third goal for Leeds v Bristol City (Reuters)

Becchio sends message to Radrizzani

Becchio took to Twitter on Tuesday to pose with Leeds’ new purple third shirt.

It’s quite a new look for Leeds, with Becchio delighted to receive a replica almost nine years since leaving Elland Road.

The former striker offered ‘big thanks again’ to not only Leeds but also owner Andrea Radrizzani.

Radrizzani only came in long after Becchio left, so it’s great to see him still honouring the recent heroes of Elland Road and keeping strong ties with them.

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