The Atomic Ant took to Instagram to post a lengthy goodbye message to TFC fans alongside a photo of the Reds’ trophy celebrations after their 2017 MLS Cup win, expressing his love and gratitude to the city in moving terms – and throwing no small amount of shade on his now-former club’s leadership.
“It’s without hesitation that I can say that I wanted it to end differently,” wrote Giovinco, who is joining Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal FC in a transfer deal reportedly reaping $2-3 million for TFC.
“As I have always maintained, I was hoping to renew my contract and finish my playing career in a city that feels like home. It is here where my daughter was born and where my son took his first steps on a football pitch. A place my family loves to live and wanted to call home for good. Unfortunately, this desire of ours has clashed with a change in direction with current TFC management.”