K-League/CSL top scorer’ Markeng, Al-Ahli transfer… Barrow and One Pot Rice
- on Jan 22, 2023
Striker Malkeng (28, Brazil), who was the top scorer in the professional soccer K-League and the Chinese Super League (CSL), takes on a new challenge by transferring to Al Ahli (Saudi Arabia). Until recently, everyone who played for Jeonbuk Hyundai had a meal with Barrow (30, Gambia).
Al Ahli announced on the club’s official website on the 22nd 슬롯사이트 (Korean time), “Malken passed the medical test and officially concluded the transfer process by signing a contract. We will start the journey together.” The transfer fee was not disclosed, but according to local reports, it was estimated at 4.5 million euros (about 6 billion won).
Malkeng is a name familiar to domestic fans. This is because he is recorded as a foreign striker who performed ‘overwhelmingly’ while showing tremendous destructive power based on his innate physicality, outstanding scoring ability, and fast speed when he played on the K-League stage in the past.
In fact, wearing a Gyeongnam FC uniform in 2017, he won the K League 2 top scorer (22 goals) and best player (MVP), leading the championship and leading the promotion. The following year, he showed an overwhelming performance in the K League 1 and wrote a new history by winning the top scorer (26 goals) and MVP again at the same time.
In the midst of such an active performance, ‘love calls’ poured in from various places, and Marceng took on a new challenge on the CSL stage. In 2019, he was offered a large sum of money and moved to Hebei FC. However, as Hebei disintegrated due to financial difficulties of the parent company, it nested as Wuhan Sanjeon in 2021. In two seasons, he scored 39 goals and provided 6 assists in 46 official matches.
Malkeng, who conquered the K-League and CSL stage, was offered an annual salary more than three times higher than the previous one from Al-Ahli, with his contract with Wuhan Sanjeon expiring as of December 30th. So, instead of renewing the contract, he decided to go to the Middle East, taking on a new challenge.
Al Ahli once had a reputation as a prestigious club, including four championships in the Saudi Professional League (Part 1), but suffered the humiliation of being demoted for the first time in the 2021-2022 season. As of this season, they are in 4th place (31 points) in the Saudi First Division League (2nd division), and they are putting their heart and soul into reinforcing their power to get promoted.