ISL: Chennaiyin FC announces departure of fan-favourite Raphael Augusto

Raphael Augusto played a pivotal role in Chennaiyin FC's two Indian Super League title-winning campaigns.

Raphael Augusto scored seven goals during his four-year spell at Chennaiyin.   -  R. Ragu

Two-time Indian Super League champion Chennaiyin FC on Saturday announced the departure of talismanic midfielder Raphael Augusto, who played in four of the five seasons in the club's history.

Augusto made 68 appearances in all competitions, scoring seven goals in that period. With six goals and six assists in the ISL, his most important contribution was the goal he scored in the 2017-18 final against Bengaluru FC in Bengaluru. It ultimately proved to be the winner, as Chennaiyin went on to lift its second ISL trophy with a 3-2 triumph.

The Brazilian also played a pivotal role in CFC’s surge to the semifinals in the 2015 ISL season but picked up an unfortunate injury in the penultimate league game. He subsequently went on to miss the semis and the final, with Chennaiyin winning the latter in dramatic fashion against FC Goa.

He did not hit his usual sparkling heights in the following ISL season but played an integral role in the club’s 2018-19 Super Cup campaign, even scoring in the final as CFC lost by a slender 2-1 margin to FC Goa.

“Raphael Augusto is a name synonymous with Chennaiyin and the club’s rich history. He will forever be remembered as someone who gave more than 200% every time he took to the pitch, and the club’s most ardent supporter off the pitch.We would like to wish him and his lovely family, the very best for the future,” shared the Chennaiyin FC co-owners in a joint statement.

The 28-year-old has gone on to create an indelible bond with the fans. “I just want to thank all the fans and supporters, because they always did their best to help and support me! I always gave my best on the field because of you guys, the fans,” said Augusto.