Maxi Rodriguez is much-loved by fans wherever he plays from Liverpool to Newell’s Old Boys – but love isn’t always enough to feel happy
Neymar’s potential $200 million-plus transfer has cast a light once more on the staggering sums of money involved in modern football and the question of player loyalty. But few could question Maxi Rodriguez’s motives when he bid Newell’s Old Boys a tearful goodbye to sign for Uruguayan giants Peñarol this week.
Even at 36-years-of-age, the signing is something of a coup for the five-time Copa Libertadores champions, when perhaps a more lucrative switch to the United States or Mexico was on the table, but to leave Rosario for any other league was not in Rodriguez’s plans when he made his triumphant return from Europe.
The former Argentina international said what was expected of a new signing at his official unveiling this week in Montevideo: “I’m very happy to be in Peñarol. I have a great relationship with the board and I thank them for always being interested in me.