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The millionaire scandal for which Tigres could lose a fortune because of Lucas Zelarayán

The Liga MX side will go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after a reclaim from Belgrano, former side of the midfielder.

Lucas Zelarayán transfer to MLS is a problem for Tigres UANL
Lucas Zelarayán transfer to MLS is a problem for Tigres UANL

On January 2020 Tigres UANL decided to sell Lucas Zelarayán to Columbus Crew. The offensive midfielder aged 28 left after 140 games played, 23 goals scored and 14 assists. The transfer to the MLS side was closed for $8 million that the Liga MX club decided to stay, even though there was another team expecting money from the transfer.

Belgrano is the Argentinian side that formed Zelarayán. He arrived to the first team on 2012 and after four years played moved to Tigres on January 2016 for almost $5.5 million. On that transfer, Belgrano set a percentage for a future sell of the player in which they should receive the 30% of it.


But when Tigres sold him to Columbus Crew, they gave no money to Belgrano. The Argentinian club went to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to protest and now it will all be defined on a trial that will have place on Zurich, Switzerland. If they lose, Tigres should pay a fortune to Belgrano.

Zelarayán showed all his talent since he arrived to the MLS, and he is having an excellent moment in his new team. He played 17 games, scored six goals and gave two assists. He was also named the best signing of the MLS this year, in an award that Tigres really regret letting him out.

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