ISL: Rafael Crivellaro extends stay with Chennaiyin FC

The attacking midfielder was key to Chennaiyin's late resurgence into the ISL final last season, when he scored seven goals and assisted eight times.

Rafael Crivellaro scored seven times in 20 matches last season.   -  ISL Media

Two-time Indian Super League (ISL) champion Chennaiyi FC has announced the extension of Brazilian Rafael Crivellaro on a year-deal on Sunday.

The 31-year-old playmaker was the creative spark for Chennaiyin in the run to the 2019-20 ISL final, contributing with seven goals and eight assists in his debut campaign in Indian football. These included crucial strikes against Kerala Blasters and ATK, and arguably the goal of the season against NorthEast United that he struck from 55 yards out near the center-circle in a 2-0 win.

“I am very, very happy to continue with Chennaiyin FC. I always wanted to continue my journey here after the incredible season we had last time out. It is a privilege to play for these fans, and hopefully we can deliver more success to them soon enough. We must be positive and optimistic and work hard to achieve our target,” said a determined Crivellaro on renewing his CFC stay.

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“Rafael (Crivellaro) was one of our standout performers last season and we’re delighted to have him continue with us. He has given our fans a lot to cheer about through his quality and brilliance during a memorable campaign. We hope for more of the same and I’m sure he is raring to go again,” commented CFC co-owner Vita Dani on this welcome news. Crivellaro becomes the second Brazilian at CFC to pen an extension for next season, following in the footsteps of compatriot Eli Sabia.

Crivellaro joined CFC ahead of the 2019-20 season and established himself as the fulcrum in midfield, playing the most number of key passes across the league, and linking up well with the likes of Anirudh Thapa and Edwin Sydney Vanspaul in driving play forward. His technical intelligence, composure and trickery on the ball proved too much to handle for oppositions as CFC gained momentum with a string of positive results as the season progressed. It will be Crivellaro’s aim to pick up from where he left off in the upcoming campaign.

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