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Tim Cahill’s Everton career in pictures

Many will remember Tim Cahill as a World Cup and Everton hero.

Despite playing for the unfancied Australia, he still managed to scored five goals on the biggest stage of them all, scoring in three consecutive editions of the tournament. For many Everton fans, though, he is something of a cult hero after eight years at the club between 2004 and 2012.

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There were plenty of interesting moments along the way, but here, we try to condense them into five pictures that encapsulated his time at Goodison Park.

First Everton season in 2004/05

Cahill signed for Everton for the paltry fee of £2m from Millwall, for whom he had just started in the 2004 FA Cup final – they lost 3-0 against Manchester United.

The 2004/05 campaign was to prove to be his most productive season in an Everton shirt on a personal level – he would score 11 goals in 33 Premier League matches, also adding one in the FA Cup, as well. Even in the space of just one season, he already looked like an absolute bargain.

Ballon d’Or nominee, 2006

Although he was unable to match his maiden campaign in terms of goals in 2005/06, he still scored eight times in 39 matches in all competitions. He also introduced himself to a worldwide audience as well, helping Australia to the second round of the 2006 World Cup in Germany, scoring twice and assisting once against Japan in their first game.

That was enough to see him nominated for the 2006 Ballon d’Or becoming the first Toffees player in 18 years to be included on the shortlist for the award.

Partnership with Baines

Cahill played with several top players at Goodison Park, such as Marouane Fellaini and Mikel Arteta, but it was his partnership with Leighton Baines that would prove to be the most fruitful.

They played together 147 times, with Baines assisting 10 of the now 40-year-old’s goals – the latter even returned the favour on one occasion. Cahill enjoyed getting on the end of the former England international’s delightful crosses, hence why they worked so well together.

Headers

Despite standing at just under 5ft 11, Cahill was an absolute menace in the air. 22 of his 56 Premier League strike came with his head, but it is his ratio of headed goals per game that makes for particularly interesting reading.

He had a ratio 0.09 per game, which was just behind Alan Shearer and Dwight Yorke on 0.1. Even Peter Crouch, who scored the most headed goals in Premier League history, could only manage 0.11. Cahill finds himself amongst true heading royalty.

Corner flag celebration

This was arguably the defining image of Cahill’s Everton career, and perhaps his time as a footballer as a whole – his corner flag celebration. This was how he regularly celebrated his goals, of which there were 68 in 276 matches for the Toffees.

Is Tim Cahill an Everton legend?

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After leaving Merseyside, he moved on to New York Red Bulls, Shanghai Greenland Shenhua, Melbourne City FC, Millwall (for a second spell) and then Jamshedpur FC in India.

It is with Everton, though, with whom he will remain most closely associated.

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