As the end of his loan draws near, reports have surfaced claiming that Cristian Pavón will be heading back to Argentina.
While it should not entirely come as a surprise, it is certainly a loss to the Galaxy and their supporters as the talented 24-year-old Argentine winger will be heading back to Boca Juniors at the end of the year. News of his eventual fate was long-awaited as it did not seem likely that the Galaxy would be able to pay the hefty 20-million-dollar transfer fee that Boca was initially requested for the player. The reports state that the Galaxy have confirmed that the club will no longer be negotiating for Pavón and he will be returning to Argentina come January 1st.
Looking back on his time in MLS, Pavón made an immediate impact on the field upon his arrival in 2019. He was acquired on loan and although he came late in the season, he managed to notch 3 goals and 8 assists and contributed to helping the Galaxy make the playoffs, and even scored a goal in a post-season match. His talent continued to be felt in 2020 as he was the leading scorer on the team with 10 goals.
His ability to take on defenders one-on-one and cut inside the box was second to none, and it drew attention around the MLS to the point where he would eventually be assigned two or three opposing defenders in order to stop him. Additionally, he has previously appeared for the Argentine national team and he represented the country in the FIFA 2018 World Cup, alongside superstar Lionel Messi.
Overall, I feel the Galaxy community was pleased with his effort and performances and was happy to have him for the time he was here.
We hope that his career is filled with more great moments and success, and eventually land a spot with a top European club should that be his desire.
He was certainly one of the more exciting and young talented players to watch.
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