Two Times UEFA Champions League Winner Leaves Europe for the MLS

Two Times UEFA Champions League Winner Leaves Europe for the MLS

Lukman Mumuni
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:55 PM
  • Xhedran Shaqiri has finally left Europe for the Major League Soccer after joining Chicago Fire from Olympique Lyonnais
  • The two times UEFA Champions League winner joins the Chicago-based club as a designated player for the upcoming season
  • Shaqiri spent 15 years of his career in Europe where he played for giants including Liverpool and Bayern Munich

Former Liverpool and Bayern Munich player, Xhedran Shaqiri has moved to the Major League Soccer after completing his transfer from Lyon to Chicago Fire.

Shaqiri is leaving Europe for the first time after 15 years playing for several clubs including Bayern Munich and Liverpool, where he won the UEFA Champions League.

Chicago Fire confirmed the acquisition of the player as a designated player via transfer from French giants Olympique Lyonnais.

Xhedra Shaqiri during his days with Liverpool in England. SOURCE: @LFC
Shaqiri joins MLS side Chicago Fire on a two year deal. SOURCE: @LFC
Source: Twitter
"Chicago Fire FC today announced that the Club has acquired Switzerland National Team midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri (pronounced: Jer-dan shah-KEE-ree) via transfer from Olympique Lyonnais (Ligue 1, France). Shaqiri will occupy a Designated Player slot on the Fire’s roster, becoming the most expensive transfer signing in Club history," wrote the club on their official website.

Xhedran Shaqiri is joining the club on a two year deal, which will see him stay until 2024.

The 30-year-old started his career with Swiss giants FC Basel in 2007, before moving to Germany to play for Bayern Munich. He left for Italy to play for Inter Milan and then arrived in England in 2015 tp play for Stoke City before joining Liverpool.

He later left for France to play for Olympique Lyonnais.

“We’re extremely pleased to formally welcome Xherdan Shaqiri to the Fire,” said Chicago Fire FC Sporting Director Georg Heitz. “Xherdan is a game-changing player and someone who will bring joy to our supporters and the city of Chicago."

Liverpool legend voted greatest premier league midfielder

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Steven Gerrard has been voted as the greatest Premier League midfielder ahead of Chelsea legend Frank Lampard and Manchester United’s Paul Scholes.

Gerrard who made 710 Premier League appearances for the Reds scoring 186 goals in the process but missed out on the ultimate prize of winning the league title.

According to a report via Sports Bible, the 41-year-old took 43.8 percent of the votes casted in a twitter poll defeating Scholes who finished second with 28.3 percent and Lampard who got 18 percent in third.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.