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Tigres announce signing of World Cup winner Florian Thauvin

The former Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year won the 2013 U20 World Cup and the 2018 World Cup with France.

France v Argentina: Round of 16 - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images

Tigres has announced one of the biggest signings in Liga MX history when they presented that they reached a deal with Florian Thauvin. The Olympique Marseille (OM) player ends his contract with the French squad and joins friend Andre-Pierre Gignac, who also came to Tigres after a spell with OM. Thauvin was one of the top players in Ligue 1 and was part of the France National Team that won the 2018 World Cup, where he only played one minute but was good enough to make a World Cup squad that won the World Cup and who was strong enough to leave out players like Alexandre Lacazette, Adrien Rabiot, and Anthony Martial.

Thauvin came through the youth ranks of French team Grenoble before making his debut in Ligue 1 with the senior team. After Grenoble was liquidated and relegated he moved to Bastia where he stood out enough to win the Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year award. Thauvin would then be a key player in the 2013 U20 World Cup where France won the tournament and where Tauvin scored twice in the Semifinal against Ghana.

After the tournament, Thauvin moved to Olympique Marseille for his first spell with the team. He would shine enough with OM (and soon-to-be Tigres teammate André-Pierre Gignac) to make a move to Newcastle United in 2015. His spell in the Premier League was a disappointment, and he moved back on loan to Olympique Marseille where he did well enough that Marseille bought him at the end of it. Thauvin had his best run in his second spell, ending up in second place of the scoring chart behind Edinson Cavani with 22 goals and getting picked for a super competitive squad list for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. In the World Cup tournament he played against Argentina in the Round of 16 game and along with France wound up winning the World Cup. Back at OM, Thauvin had another good season before missing most of the 2018-2019 because of an ankle injury. Thauvin came back to have a respectable 2020-2021 season, but not quite to his past levels and reportedly got pressure from fans and management, which pushed him to decide to move to Tigres after his contract expired this June.

Thauvin is possibly one of the biggest signings in Liga MX history, and definitely the biggest since Gignac also signed with Tigres in 2015. Thauvin will be the first current World Cup winner to come to Liga MX since Leopaldo Luque in 1981 (Hector Zelada became World Cup champions in 1986 as Argentina’s third goalkeeper while with America, the only Liga MX player to win a World Cup). At 28, Thauvin is a European prospect that some say would is worth in excess of 25 million Euros and places Tigres as one of the top candidates for a title, regardless of who coaches the team in the future. Current Tigres manager Ricardo Ferretti will step down after the season, and although rumors are high that his replacement will be Miguel Herrera nothing is official. It will be interesting to see how other Liga MX teams, especially arch-rivals Monterrey and the grandes like America and Cruz Azul, will react to the news of this true ” bombazo”.