Set to join Dortmund for £14.6m in July, it says everything you need to know about Germany's abundance of riches that this virtuoso dribbler will almost certainly have to make do with a spot on the bench this summer.
A second striker or winger, he looks set to form part of the Nationalmannschaft's Plan B, thrown on late in games with the brief of running the tiring opposition ragged.
This journeyman striker’s strength in the air, willingness to run at defenders and good goalscoring record convinced Ukraine coach Oleg Blohkln to hand him his first cap last September.
Although he is unlikely to start at Euro 2012, he will make an energized and totally committed squad player.
With Fernando Torres struggling to regain form, Soldado is making a most compelling case to lead the line for La Roja, not only finding the net regularly in La Liga but also coming off the bench to score twice in February's friendly against Venezuela.
Living proof that rejection by Real Madrid need not necessarily lead to career oblivion, and with Spain's acclaimed midfield supplying the bullets, Soldado could well have a tournament to remember.
Reported to be on the wanted list of many leading European sides, including the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea, the striker is tipped to be one of the revelations of this summer's tournament.
Represents elegance, flair and sharpness all wrapped up in one smallish package, he was made club captain while still a teenager, and already has 10 international cap and three goals to his credit.
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