Oct 15, 1976
|Age||45 years old|
Given his break as a professional aged 18 by Olympique Lyonnais, Cédric Bardon was a promising French centre-forward of whom much was expected. After more than 100 games, and with only 13 goals to his name, he didn’t reach the standard expected of him in the Rhône region. He thus joined Rennes in 1998 to try and make the breakthrough under Paul Le Guen. His first season took a while to get started, only scoring his first goal in the 12th match of the season. But his understanding with Shabani Nonda worked wonders. He gave his strike partner the platform to shine, and was also decisive himself, notching nine goals in total. His second season proved to be more difficult (only managing five goals), with the competition from El-Hadji Diouf. When Lucas, Turdo, Fabiano and Chapuis arrived in 2000, the striker, who hailed from Lyon, became surplus to requirements, and only ever got a bit-part role as substitute. He finally got a 2001 transfer to Guingamp, and then played in the Champions League in 2006 with the Bulgarian outfit Levski Sofia.