Indian Super League (ISL) side Chennaiyin FC announced the departure of their star midfielder Rafael Crivellaro on Tuesday.

After a brief stint with Jamshedpur FC, Crivellaro returned to the Marina Machans for a second spell in 2023, where he proved pivotal as he spearheaded their charge towards the ISL Playoffs after a hiatus of three seasons.

The 35-year-old showcased his playmaking skills, registering seven assists in the league—second only to Madih Talal—thanks to his expertise in set-pieces. In addition to his assists, Crivellaro demonstrated his scoring ability by netting four goals in 22 appearances.

Though his second tenure was relatively shorter, Crivellaro's impact remained undiminished. His tally of 11 goal contributions stood as a testament to his enduring influence, culminating in him being Chennaiyin FC's leading contributor for the season.

In total, Crivellaro made 49 ISL appearances for the Marina Machans, tallying 12 goals and 16 assists. The Brazilian playmaker will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the key contributors to the club.

Vinit Rai set to leave Mumbai City FC

Indian Super League (ISL) outfit Mumbai City FC also announced the exit of midfielder Vinit Rai, who will leave the club after his contract expires on May 31, 2024. Rai has been part of the Islanders squad since January 2022.

The midfielder had arrived from Odisha FC, initially on loan to Mumbai City FC. In his two and a half years with the club, Rai has turned out for the Mumbai side in the ISL, the Durand Cup, the Super Cup, and the AFC Champions League campaigns. He was part of the squad when the Islanders created history by winning two games in the 2022 AFC Champions League campaign and finishing second in Group B.

During his stint with Mumbai City FC, Rai has been part of the side that won the ISL League Winners’ Shield in 2022/23. His latest triumph with the team saw him lift the ISL Cup in 2024 when the Islanders defeated Mohun Bagan SG in Kolkata.

Rai made 58 appearances for Mumbai City FC and scored 2 goals, leaving the club on a high with two titles.