Decmeber 11, 2012
Report: Marquez could be dealt to Leon as early as this week
If the world's richest man has his way, Rafa Marquez could be a former Red Bull sometime this week.
|Rafa Marquez could be a member of Leon in Mexico this week.
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Marquez, who has endured a disappointing and miserable tenure with the Major League Soccer club, could be a member of Leon in the Mexican First Division.
Arturo Elias Ayub, the son of Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, is trying to finalize a deal that would bring El Tri's captain to the club, according to the Mexican sports newspaper Record.
"Yes it is a real possibility," Ayub told the Record, adding that he was "so very happy," adding "that is trying to be achieved."
During the summer, Slim's America Movil bought interests in Leon and Pachuca as he hoped to break the hold of Televisa and TV Azteca on Mexican soccer TV rights.
Marquez is one of the highest paid players in the league, earning $4.6 million this past season.
However, his critics claims he rarely earned that money.
Marquez, who joined the Red Bulls from Barcelona in August, 2010, played sporadically for the Red Bulls last season, seeing time in 15 games, due to injuries and suspensions.
He finished the 2011 and 2012 seasons incurring red cards in his final playoff game, a first in the 17-year history of the MLS.