Claudio Pizarro may have already entered into the twilight of his career, but he has proven in 2016 that there is still plenty left in the tank of the Bundesliga's all-time leading foreign goalscorer.
SV Werder Bremen have already made substantial gains from the Peruvian forward, whose contribution to the northern Germany club's cause continues to grow. 181 goals and counting in the top flight of German football, 94 for Bremen including five this season, his Matchday 19 brace against Hertha Berlin of particular importance.
Werder twice trailed by two goals against the high-flying club from the capital, but 37-year-old Pizarro never accepts defeat without a fight. With his goals, he is something of a life assurance policy for Bremen in this, his third spell at the club.
"I'm delighted to be here and I hope that my experience can help the team in the best way possible. Bremen is my home," he said upon arriving in the now all-too-familiar surroundings of the city's airport last summer, where he was greeted like a God. Together with his wife Carla, their three children and two dogs, Pizarro moved back into the same house which had accommodated his previous spell at the club.
He delivered on his promise immediately, setting up Anthony Ujah's match-winning goal just eight minutes after coming off the bench on Matchday 1. As Werder's form dipped, however, so did Pizarro's, the evergreen marksman only netting two goals in the following 14 league appearances for Viktor Skripnik's side.
The winter break was a particularly revitalising time for club and player, though, with Pizarro shooting out of the blocks in 2016 with the spring of a teenager. His goal put Bremen 2-1 in front in the 3-1 win over Schalke, and his Matchday 19 effort should not only be judged on his goals: Pizarro covered 10.5km in that game alone, playing much of the second half as a support man to Ujah and Fin Bartels, who also found the back of the net in a 3-3 draw.
Match number 400 in the Bundesliga now beckons and more are likely to follow. Pizarro may be turning 38 in October, but there is plenty of life in the Peruvian yet.