FC Pune City sign Mexico striker Anibal Zurdo Rodriguez for ISL-3!

FC Pune CityIndian Super League franchise FC Pune City have signed Mexican striker Anibal Zurdo Rodriguez for their campaign in ISL-3.

FC Pune City CEO Gaurav Modwel sounded upbeat with the signing of the experienced centre forward. “Anibal’s experience of playing in the Spanish league will be very valuable to the team. His speed combined with attacking instincts in the opponents box will surprise our fans and rivals alike. In addition to his performances on the pitch, I am sure that he will be a great influence in the dressing room too.”

33 year old Villahermosa-born Aníbal Zurdo Rodríguez, who holds a Spanish passport, spend sometime with the Atletico Madrid youth academy, but couldn’t break into their senior team and made his professional debut for Spanish lower league side CD Guadalajara before playing for CD Móstoles, FC Valencia ‘B’, Benidorm CF, UD Lanzarote and CD Leganés 67.

In 2010, Anibal returned for a second time to CD Guadalajara before playing for CE Sabadell FC. In 2014 he returned to Mexico to play for Cruz Azul Fútbol Club but it didn’t work out, so he was sent on loan to CE Sabadell FC in Spain and then CD Veracruz in Mexico.

In 2016, Anibal joined Spanish Segunda side Club Gimnàstic de Tarragona before now making the switch to India to join ISL side FC Pune City.

Head coach Antonio Habas was pleased with the new addition. “Anibal is a quality striker, for his speed and overall work rate are characteristics that I admire. I’m very excited at the prospect of working with him now for the benefit of FC Pune City.”
Making his Indian Super League debut, Anibal said he was looking forward to meet his new family – his FC Pune City teammates, team management and fans. “I hope to create a strong relationship with everyone involved with this club. This is a new chapter in my career. I will do everything in my abilities for FC Pune City to achieve their ultimate goal.”
Co-owner and Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan expressed his delight with the new signing. “Anibal brings a wealth of experience to the team and we are looking forward to a memorable season with him,” said Hrithik.

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