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Monterrey part ways with Marcelo Barovero and Leonel Vangioni, bring back Hugo Gonzalez

Both Argentine players said goodbye to the club after successful spells with the team.

Monterrey v Morelia - Torneo Clausura 2020 Liga MX Photo by Andrea Jimenez/Jam Media/Getty Images

Monterrey announced that Argentine players Marcelo Barovero and Leonel Vangioni will leave the club after not re-signing with the clubs. The goalkeeper and defender were key parts of Monterrey campaign that won the 2019 Concacaf Champions League and the 2019 Apertura tournament as well as part of the team that finished third in the FIFA Club World Cup. Vangioni made history as he converted the last penalty in the shootout that gave Rayados the 2019 Apertura title over America.

Meanwhile Monterrey also announced the return of goalkeeper Hugo Gonzalez, who had been loaned out to Necaxa. The goalkeeper is expected to take the starting keeper job after having a good run of form in Aguascalientes that got him into the Mexican National team.

Barovero and Vangioni had great spells during their time in Monterrey. Both players arrived after sucessful spells in River Plate (although Vangioni had a spell in AC Milan before). Barovero first arrived in Mexico with Necaxa where he excelled. Later he went to Monterrey in a sort of trade for Hugo Gonzalez. Vangioni arrived in Monterrey on 2017. Both players were key starters with Monterrey. Unfortunately their good play didn’t immediately translate to success in Liga MX. That was true until 2019 where Barovero was key in getting a title in the Concacaf Champions League in a final against their biggest rivals, Tigres. That gave them the ticket to the FIFA Club World Cup where Monterrey had a great tournament, finishing in third place. The tournament included a great goal from Vangioni against Al Sadd and Monterrey gave a great performance against Liverpool in the semifinals. Finally Monterrey won the 2019 Apertura Tournament after defeating America in the shootout where Vangioni giving them the title. There is no word on if both Barovero and Vangioni will return to Argentina or remain in Liga MX. Meanwhile Hugo Gonzalez had a great spell in Necaxa and will hope to make up in Monterrey after having a good level but getting a lot of blame when mistakes from him in the 2017 Apertura final against their biggest rivals Tigres were key in Monterrey losing said final. Gonzalez will have his work cut out for not only to make up for that game but also in replacing a key player like Barovero.