ATLANTA, GEORGIA—Looks like Atlanta United FC has a new face in the person of Brazilian striker Luiz Araújo (pronounced Ahra-OO-joo).
According to reports released on Wednesday, Araujo has surpassed Venezuelan star striker and United FC’s current star player Josef Martinez as far as salary is concerned.
Araujo, who joined the team from Lille in France during the summer, has a guaranteed salary of $3,941,667 in the 2021 season.
Martinez for his part has a guaranteed salary of $3,891,667.
Araujo’s salary is the fourth-highest in MLS.
Martinez’s is fifth-highest.
The Brazilian striker who is playing a big role in the recent wins of United FC became part of the team last August 5.
Araújo played in 136 matches at Lille over four seasons and helped lead the club to the Ligue 1 title during the 2020-21 season. Araújo will be added to the team and occupy an international roster spot pending the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and P-1 Visa.
Araújo, 25, joined Lille in 2017 from São Paulo FC, where he began his career. Born in Taquaritinga, Brazil, Araújo broke through at the 2016 U-20 CONMEBOL Libertadores where he was the tournament’s leading scorer with five goals and helped lead São Paulo to the championship. Over two years, he made 49 career appearances with São Paulo and scored nine goals. He then made the move to France ahead of the 2017-18 season.
For Lille, Araújo made an immediate impact, appearing in 34 of the club’s Ligue 1 matches that season, while scoring five goals and registering two assists as Lille avoided relegation. The following year, Lille jumped to finishing second in the table, as Araújo made 25 appearances and scored three goals. He continued to play a contributing role for the 2019-20 season, making 21 appearances as Lille finished in fourth. He also appeared in all six of Lille’s UEFA Champions League matches. But it was during the 2020-21 season where Araújo made his mark, appearing in 28 games with 17 starts for the French champions. In addition to winning the league – its first league title in 10 years – Lille finished with 83 points, its best-ever finish in the club’s 77-year history. Recently, Araújo started the 2021 Trophée des Champions match against Paris St. Germain on Aug. 1. Lille won the match 1-0 to claim its first-ever trophy in the competition.

By bob

A veteran soccer journalist who is an avid fan of Atlanta United and Lionel Messi.

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