A couple of weeks ago, Olympique de Marseille’s Florian Thauvin decided to leave European football and head towards North America. However, the 28-year-old wasn’t joining a Major League Soccer club; Thauvin joined a Mexican side.
Thauvin decided that no offer by a European club was sufficient for him, and the forward decided to join his former Marseille teammate André-Pierre Gignac with Tigres UANL. The 35-year-old played a role in luring his compatriot to Latin America, who decided to make a professional choice, but a new experience for his family.
Various reports suggest that Tigres and Premier League Crystal Palace were the only serious offers on the table for the France international. As a result, Thauvin decided to pick the venture in Mexico rather than a return to English football.
“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,” Thauvin said.
“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.”