Fidel Martinez leaves Liga MX to join Uruguayan giants Peñarol
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Uruguayan team Peñarol officially announced the signing of 27-year-old Ecuadorian forward Fidel Martinez this Tuesday. Martinez will be departing Mexico after 11 tournaments in the Liga MX since 2012 playing with Club Tijuana, UdeG, Pumas UNAM and Atlas.
The “Ecuadorian Neymar” has never been the same player since departing Club Tijuana after the Clausura 2014 as he never reached the level of play that made him a star with Xolos. Martinez has shown that he can still be a very talented player but over the years it is clear that he has lost some of his speed and explosiveness.
— PEÑAROL Oficial (@OficialCAP) January 16, 2018
Atlas was his most recent team and he was not successful with only three goals in 22 games (11 as a starter) but he will be looking to regain his form in a less competitive league. There will still be that massive pressure to perform by both fans and media as Peñarol is arguably the best team in the country and is always expected to come away with the title.
Los Carboneros reached their 51st league title in 2017 and will be looking to add another with a very solid team heading into the new season. The Aurinegros count with former Uruguayan internationals like Walter Gargano and Cristian “Cebolla” Rodriguez as well as former Argentine international Maxi Rodriguez. This good core of veterans should be able to triumph in Uruguay once again, especially now with the incorporation of the “Ecuadorian Neymar”.