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Breaking: R Messi completes move to Indian club

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Kerala Blasters Football Club, an Indian professional football club based in Kochi, Kerala, has completed the signing of Raphael Messi Bouli, a Cameroonian striker.

TheNewsGuru (TNG) reports the signing of Messi, who is looking forward to making an impact in his new colours, was confirmed by the club on Saturday.

“We have our own Messi now. He is a striker who can play upfront with [Nigeria striker Bartholomew] Ogbeche and on the left wing as well.

“Messi is a strong player whose presence gives the team more power at the front and enables diversity in our attacking game plan,” Blasters coach, Eelco Schattorie told journalists.

Meanwhile, Messi, who represented the Indomitable Lions at the 2018 African Nations Championship, has expressed delight at joining the Indian club.

The 27-year-old, who had previously featured for APEJES de Mfou in his homeland, having earlier spent time with AS FAP and Canon Yaounde, penned a one-year deal with the Indian club.

He is joining the Indian top flight following spells in China and India.

“I’m thrilled to join a club that has a strong vision for the future and the most passionate fanbase in India. Can’t wait for the season to start,” Messi said.

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The Blasters is one of the ten teams to have been part of the Indian Super League (ISL), the top tier of Indian football, since its inception.

They play in the league under licence from All India Football Federation (AIFF).

The club was established on 24 May 2014 and began their first professional season a few months later in October 2014.

The Indian club also announced offloading Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem.

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