The striker scored 21 goals in 34 matches for Bayer in the Bundesliga in the 2005-06 season - the second highest goal-scorer in the league.
Named Bulgarian Player of the Year in 2002, 2004 and 2005, Berbatov scored a high ratio of goals to games in his senior international appearances.
Tottenham had followed his progress for some time at Bayer Leverkusen, making him feel wanted and a fee of £10.9 million brought him to White Hart Lane in the summer of 2006, ahead of other teams, including Manchester United, who were not willing to take a chance on the forward.
Joining Spurs, he found his style suited the Premier League very quickly and his languid approach fooled many defenders into thinking he was not a threat, but his quick thinking often caught them and opposition goalkeepers unaware. With 22 goals in his first season and 23 in 2007-08, he was hailed as a player who could become a legend at the club, but the rumours linking him with a move away from the club almost as soon as he joined, re-surfaced. Tottenham put a £30 million price tag on his head, but this might be less for a transfer abroad and precipitated a complaint to the Premier League over Alex Ferguson's pursuit of the Bulgarian for over a year, without being given permission to speak to him.
In the end, he went to Old Trafford for £30.75 million plus Spurs got striker Frazier Campbell on loan for a season, but the Bulgarian had problems at United, with some fans considering him to be lazy and not to have hit the heights he did with Spurs. He won things there though, but was disappointed to be left out of the Champions League final squad in 2011, prompting rumours of a return to White Hart Lane. Berba moved on eventually, signing for Martin Jol at Fulham in 2012, but while his ability could not be questioned, his attitude was, but that was true of a lot of his career. After Jol was replaced by Rene Meulensteen, a coach he knew well from Manchester United, he was soon a striker in a team struggling at the foot of the table and in the Janaury 2-14 transfer window made his exit to join AS Monaco on loan for the remainder of the season to cover for the injured Radamel Falcao.
In his spare time he enjoyed drawing and singing, but only amongst friends.