Mexico international Oribe Peralta has moved to Club America from Santos Laguna, in one of the most important internal transfers in the recent history of the Liga MX.
Santos Laguna president Alejandro Irarragorri announced that the hero of Mexico’s Olympic gold medal winning team in 2012 will suit up for Las Aguilas in a press conference in Mexico City on Tuesday.
“To my new club, I want to reiterate my commitment and dedication,” said an emotional Peralta via video-link from Torreon. “I’m happy with this new challenge.”
Peralta – who goes by the nicknames “Cepillo” and “Hermoso” – is set to play a key role for Mexico at the World Cup in Brazil and has established himself as the first choice center forward for El Tri.
The 30-year-old scored 60 goals in his last 100 Liga MX games from his hometown club Santos and won two league titles with the institution.
“I’ll never forget this great stage of my life,” said Peralta. “(Torreon) is the land of my parents and friends, the land of the team for which I always wanted to play.”
Club America finished the Clausura 2014 in fifth place in the regular standings, but crashed out of the playoff quarterfinal against Santos Laguna, after a 6-6 aggregate score over the two legs.
Peralta was named player of the year for 2013 by CONCACAF.