Attacking midfielder Rafael Crivellaro has extended his contract on a multi-year deal with Chennaiyin FC, the winners of two ISL titles. A game against ATK Mohun Bagan resulted in an ankle injury to CFC’s captain in 2020-21, which knocked the 32-year old Brazilian out for almost half the season.
“I’m very happy to continue with Chennaiyin FC. Ever since I joined the club, I’ve had a special bond with the fans, the city and the staff. I love Chennai. For me, it always felt like home,” he was quoted as saying in a release.
“Last season, injury kept me away, and now I can’t wait to get back with the team and give it everything on the field,” the Brazilian said on his return to the club for a third straight season.
Crivallero, according to Chennaiyin FC co-owner Vita Dani, has been instrumental to the team since he joined the Chennai-based club. Across his 27 appearances for CFC, Crivellaro is considered one of the most consistent players in the ISL. A goal-scorer and an assist-maker in the 2019-20 season, he was one of the clubs key contributors with seven goals and eight assists.
Crivellaro has played in one of the most prestigious club competitions in the world, the Europa League, in addition to playing with Portuguese top-tier side Vitoria Guimaraes, which won the Taca de Portugal (Portuguese Cup) in 2012-13.