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“The Thai Ronaldo” moved from Muangthong United to arch-rival Port FC

“The Thai Ronaldo” moved from Muangthong United to arch-rival Port FC

Charyl Chappuis, also known as “The Thai Ronaldo”, has completed a controversial transfer from Muangthong United to Port FC.

The Port Lions had to pay for the former Thai League 1 champions $47,000 to have the service of Thai football’s wonder boy. The 28-year-old will receive a monthly salary of nearly $1,300 in his time playing for the club.

Port FC finished last season with the championship at the Thai FA Cup and ranking 3rd at the Thai League 1. The complement of the attacking midfielder would be important for the Port Lions’ ambition of aiming for the Thai League title and reaching further in continental competitions.

Charyl Chappuis used to be an essential part of Thailand’s AFF Suzuki Cup 2014 championship squad, scoring 5 goals. This early success has become the peak of “The Thai Ronaldo” since he still has not made a big leap to the superstar level as he meant to be.

“The Thai Ronaldo” moved from Muangthong United to arch-rival Port FC

After the championship, Chappuis seemed to get his head on things outside the football field, staring in big brands’ advertisements with his charming looks. He cared about building personal brand with the making of his own website, depicting his life and hobbies, rather than his stature on the football field.

The process has resulted in the downfall of his performance on the pitch. The midfielder had not been called up to Thailand national team for two years after the stellar display at the AFF Suzuki Cup 2014 and that drought continued from 2017 until now.

The move to Port FC is a step to revive his career after the “not so perfect” three-year time in Muangthong United. The 28-year-old seemed to be unable to fit in The Kirins’ squad and not happy with the way he was treated there. That frustration reflected on his game with just 4 goals in 77 games.

Nevertheless. the transfer has evoked arguments in Muangthong United’s fans since the two clubs are arch-rivals with a history of riots in their confrontations.

Still, Chappuis is confident that he made the right choice and looking forward to a good year with his new side.