|"Bichi" Fuertes during his|
short stint in the Premier League.
Fuertes' Derby career came to an abrupt end in November 1999 at Heathrow airport. Fuertes was returning with his Derby County team mates from a training camp in Portugal when he was refused entry back into the UK and put on a flight back to Argentina. The official reason given was that the Italian passport that he had used to bypass the strict rules for non-EU immigrants had been forged or tampered with.
Derby County initially loaned the player back to Colón, where he had an excellent Clausura tournament, eventually finishing as the top scorer with 17 goals in 18 games, the first Colón player ever to finish as top scorer in the Argentine league.
Derby eventually managed to sell the player to RC Lens of France and even turned a half million pound profit on the player in the £2.8 million transfer. Fuertes also played for Tenerife in Spain before returning to South America in 2002 to play for Argentine giants River Plate.
|Fuertes has become an iconic player for Argentine side Colón.|
Fuertes is so popular with Colón fans that he even has a song composed in his honour called "Bichi Gol" by Los Palmeras.
Fuertes has scored 123 goals for Colón and well over 200 in his career, he is still hammering in the goals and at the age of 37 he is showing no sign of stopping.
Part of the What ever happened to? series.