Differences in economics and other factors that would not go through sports, ended up ruling the fate of the 30-year-old striker from Cali
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Deportes Tolima fired Andrés Ibargüen/(Twitter: @cdtolima)
On the night of Thursday, November 17, the current champion of the BetPlay Super League, Deportes Tolima, spoke publicly to fire their second striker in the 2022 campaign of Colombian professional soccer.
< p class="paragraph">The Pijao club said goodbye to the Valle del Cauca left winger, Andrés Ibargüen, who was signed by coach Hernán Torres on January 13, 2022 and achieved runner-up in the opening tournament of the BetPlay League against Atlético Nacional. In his second cycle with the Vinotinto y Oro cast, Ibargüen managed to play 37 games between the Opening League, Clausura League, Super League, Copa Libertadores and Copa Colombia. p>
Piquiña, as the striker is known, recorded eight goals this year and seven assists, which allowed the Ibagué team to win 82 points and a goal difference of +20, which allows them to still dream of a place in the 2023 Conmebol Libertadores Cup or, failing that, the 2023 Copa Sudamericana.
< p class="paragraph">This was the message sent by the club from its Twitter account terminating Ibargüen's contract with the club:
You came back to get one more title and you did. We really enjoyed your football! 🪄⚽️ Our best wishes today and always, Andrés
Andrés Ibargüen was publicly fired by Deportes Tolima on the night of Thursday, November 17/( Twitter: @cdtolima)
Two weeks after the portal El Rincón del VinotintoAs reported, Deportes Tolima made official the departure of one of the benchmarks from the roster that won the Super League 2022, played the title in the BetPlay I League 2022 and surpassed the group stage of the Copa Libertadores for the first time in 40 years, winning two times in Belo Horizonte against América Mineiro and Atlético Mineiro.
Notable economic differences, in addition to other factors that would not go through sports, ended up ruling the fate of the player, who fulfilled the final stretch of his contract in search of better professional horizons.
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Both Ibargüen and the flyers < b>Rodrigo Ureña and Yohandry Orozco said goodbye to their teammates on a day out at the Ibaguereño club chaired by former senator Gabriel Camargo.
At the age of 30, the striker from Cali registered a second cycle with Tolima in which he played 30 league games, out of 48 played, with 2,234 minutes to his credit and six annotations.
In addition, Andrés played 175 minutes in two Super League games; one more in the BetPlay Cup, with 78 minutes, and five performances in the Libertadores, with 226' and a conquest.
Ibargüen García, with a past in Santos Laguna, Club América de México, Racing Club de Argentina, Atlético Nacional, Bogotá FC and Cortuluá FC, could end up in the purslane project facing the Copa Libertadores 2023 with the Brazilian coach Paulo Autuori.
Andrés Felipe already knows what it is to win a Copa Libertadores and a Copa Sudamericana when he did it in 2016 and 2017 with Reinaldo Rueda in the victories against Independiente del Valle and Chapecoense. However, there could also be a latent proposal from the Deportivo Independiente Medellín (DIM) club to have him on their payroll, despite the fact that he would be more tempted to play football abroad.
Soccer from the Middle East, from where there would be a juicy offer that would make him move away from Colombia, would be the next destination for the popular Piki, who returned to lift a new trophy in Tolima, just as he did in November 2014 when they won the Copa Colombia of that edition against Independiente Santa Fe, scoring a key and decisive goal in the final that ended with an aggregate score of 3-2.