Big night at the Orange Vélodrome this Sunday evening. In addition to Arkadiusz Milik’s treble and the qualification for the next European Cup for the Marseille club, the news at OM was also and above all the last match of Florian Thauvin under the colors of sky and white. The world champion, who arrived on the Canebière in the summer of 2013, will have played 281 matches in all competitions, including 227 L1 matches (86 goals).
History will remember that Thauvin will have played his last match against Angers (3-2) in an empty stadium deprived of his supporters because of the Covid-19 pandemic and health restrictions. Despite this, the emotion was strong for this player who will leave a sacred mark in the Marseille city whatever happens. “There is a lot of emotion tonight. I have spent most of my career here. It was important to finish with a victory ”, he explained to the microphone of Canal + before thanking the supporters but also and above all the management of the Marseille club.
“I had exchanges with many clubs”
“I thank Pablo Longoria, Jorge Sampaoli and Frank McCourt. OM made me a magnificent proposal with a 5-year contract and a contract bigger than the previous one. Dédé played an important role in my arrival at the Tigers ”, said the man of the evening with Milik at a press conference. And if Thauvin explained that he had realized a dream while playing for OM, he put forward the reasons which pushed him to accept the challenge of Mexico and more precisely of the Tigers. Listening to him, the weariness of the Marseille context, but also the desire to discover something else and to discover the passion for South American football were preponderant in his choice.
“I had a big decision to make. I had exchanges with many clubs, I also had proposals from several clubs. The most important thing was to have fun, to go to a club with a lot of passion. I am a football lover. Since I was little, I have been playing football. Today it has become a profession, but sometimes there were non-sporting hazards that took over and it was a bit complicated to live with. So the most important thing for me was to find this passion again. That’s why I chose to join Mexico. In Latin America, they are football lovers. After that, beyond that, it’s a professional choice, but it’s also a family experience, there is a great human adventure for me, my wife and my son. “ Let’s hope for the 2018 world champion a Mexican trajectory at the height of a former glory of the Orange Vélodrome, a certain André-Pierre Gignac.