I’m taking the affection of all the people and the club with me.- Rafael Sobis

RIVIERA MAYA | Thursday, June 23, 2016.- Rafael Sobis said goodbye to Tigres and his teammates during the preseason. The time has come for him to leave and continue his career in a Brazilian team. He was very open about taking the affection of the fans and the institution with him.

The Brazilian forward is emigrating to Cruzeiro in his homeland after forming part of Tigres for three seasons, during which time he achieved a League championship and three runner-up positions (League, Libertadores and the Concacaf Champions League).

“I think this was the perfect sendoff (in the preseason), because I was able to be with my teammates, say goodbye to them all, and I’m very pleased, very happy, it was good for all of us, life goes on, we have to follow our own paths, as will Tigres follow its path to triumph as it has done over the past few years.

“I’m taking affection with me, I’m taking the best, I don’t think I’ve ever adapted so well in a team (as I did in Tigres), I’ve never enjoyed so much success, I’ve never had such good statistics, so I am very grateful to the fans, to the players and to each and every person who works in the club,” he said.

After saying goodbye with a handshake and a hug for every one of the members of the feline squad, Rafa appeared before the media, who are covering the preseason in the Riviera Maya, to discuss his return to Brazil.

“I can’t say thank you enough. It was fantastic, there’s nothing negative to say. The city is perfect, the club, we achieved many things and the club will carry on succeeding, and all that’s left for me to do is to say thank you.

“Yes (mission accomplished), I sincerely never imagined so much, on a personal level and at Tigres as an institution, everything we did in the championships, it was more than I had expected and, of course, there’s always room for improvement. Losing some of the finals was hard, but we proved that we are a great team and that Tigres, from now on, will be participating in all the competitions,” were the Brazilians last words.