The Indian Super League has found itself in a centre of a controversy as Marcelo Leite Pereira, the Golden Boot winner of Indian Super League 3, has threatened to take legal action against franchise Delhi Dynamos. So miffed he is over the non-payment of dues amounting to $25,000 that he is contemplating taking his case to the sport’s premier body – FIFA.
As per the agreement signed between the Brazilian forward and Delhi Dynamos, the player was to get $1000 for each goal scored during the tournament, besides $15000 meant for winning the Golden Boot award. Through his legal counsel, Pereira, also known as Marcelinho, has complained to Dynamos about a breach of agreement on their part.
The 29-year-old Marcelinho has scored 10 goals for Dynamos in the third season of Indian Super League, playing a crucial role in the team’s march to the semifinals with its enterprising brand of football. “I have been waiting for the payment to be cleared since December. Please make the payment, Dynamos. My lawyer is looking into various options,” Marcelinho said from Rio de Janeiro.
If Dynamos fail to pay heed to his complaints, Marcelinho is open to taking up the issue with world football governing body FIFA. The prolific striker last month signed for Brazil based Avai FC.
The diminutive striker scored 10 times in 15 games for the Dynamos, notching up the most shots by any attacker on target – 26 – while also producing five assists. The former Flamengo youth player was learnt to have sought Zico’s blessings on the move to Avai FC, after having a consultation on the same with the former FC Goa gaffer. In his junior days, Marcelinho has played on the flanks or behind the striker, before transforming into a successful striker.