Emotional farewells pour in as Miku departs from Bengaluru
Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2018-19 champions Bengaluru FC have confirmed that star striker Miku has left the club. Miku signed a two-year contract with Bengaluru back in 2017 and with the term coming to an end, he has decided to move on.
For all the times you swiveled on the spot and sent the ball swerving into the net, the times you tied your hair in a tail and turned games on its head and for every time you left defenders behind and went on to score goals that ALWAYS had us smiling. Thank you, Miku! #WeAreBFC pic.twitter.com/rO0WstKD1x— Bengaluru FC (@bengalurufc) July 6, 2019
In his two years in India, the Venezuelan hitman firmly established himself as a fan-favourite among the Bengaluru faithful and one of the best strikers to have played on Indian shores. In his debut season with the Blues, Miku finished Hero ISL 2017-18 as the team’s highest scorer with 15 goals. Only FC Goa’s Ferran Corominas scored more than him with 18.
After missing out on the title after a heart-breaking loss to Chennaiyin FC in the Hero ISL final, Miku was pivotal to Bengaluru’s redemption as they went on to lift the inaugural Hero Super Cup later that season. With 5 goals, Miku was the second-highest scorer in the competition behind teammate Sunil Chhetri.
The ace striker started the Hero ISL 2018-19 in fine fashion but an injury cut his season short. He, however, returned to the squad after the winter break and played a big role in guiding the team to the title, pitching in with 5 goals and 4 assists. Over the course of the last two seasons, the Miku-Chhetri partnership was considered as the most lethal front two in Indian football.
The 33-year-old's next destination is still unclear for now, but it was reported earlier this month that Venezuelan may be looking for new challenges abroad, with Mexico being his preferred destination. It was also stated that his agent has offers from clubs the Major League Soccer in USA and Paraguayan clubs. A return to the Hero ISL also can’t be ruled out, with the striker yet to announce where his future lies.
Miku's departure will leave a huge void in the Bengaluru front line - one which Carles Cuadrat and Co. will have to toil hard to fill.
The news also left Bengaluru fans crestfallen, but it didn't stop them from bidding their former star an emotional farewell on social media.
A class player who is actually too good for the ISL. Go well sir. Thank you Miku! 👐👐— 🔰Anirudh Nagraj🔰 (@Anirudh_mufc) July 6, 2019
Go Well Miku! You will be missed.— Adarsh PM (@Adarsh_019) July 6, 2019
But I was never ready for it!— Aditya Kashyap (@adityaakashyap) July 6, 2019
Never seen a better striker in Indian football with such first touches, those turns and those bullet shots!
Thank you Miku, for everything!#WeAreBFC pic.twitter.com/Tbhx2KECcW
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