Luiz Muriqui returning to Guangzhou Evergrande
Guangzhou Evergrande has officially announced that Luiz Muriqui is returning to the club as the team go in search of more top-flight silverware.
Brazilian striker Luiz Muriqui. [File photo: sohu.com]
The Brazilian striker has signed a six-month short contract with the former CSL championship holders, with a priority option to extend it when the contract expires.
The 31-year-old striker played for Guangzhou from June 2000 to July 2014, during which time, he appeared in a total of 133 matches with 77 goals and 37 assists.
Muriqui will wear the No.30 shirt and will arrive in Guangzhou after the physical examination.
It’s been reported Muriqui chose to end his contract with Vasco da Gama voluntarily after receiving an offer from Luiz Felipe Scolari, the head coach of Guangzhou Evergrande.
Muriqui was top scorer in the Chinese Super League in 2011, a feat that earned him the China’s Footballer of the Year award and scored 13 goals in 14 games as Guangzhou won the 2013 Asian Champions League.
Guangzhou Evergrande currently ranks first in the CSL after half of the league games have been played.
The club has also made it to the last eight of the AFC Champions League and the CFA Cup.
After winning their first championship in 2017 in the Chinese Super Cup, Guangzhou Evergrande is hoping to win the remaining 3 championships.
Muriqui is reportedly to make his first appearance in the CFA Cup match against Guangzhou R&F on July 19.