Bruno Fornaroli’s time at Perth Glory has come to an abrupt end as the club agreed to release star striker from final season of his contract.

Bruno Fornaroli : Sacked | Perth glory | Contract

Fornaroli is a professional footballer who last played for Perth Glory FC. Born in Uruguay, he plays for the Australian national team.

Bruno Fornaroli : Sacked | Perth glory | Contract

Personal information
Full name Bruno Fornaroli Mezza
Date of birth 7 September 1987 (age 35)
Place of birth Salto, Uruguay
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Forward / Attacking midfielder   

On 22 July 2008, Fornaroli, who has Italian ancestry, moved to Italian Serie A side UC Sampdoria for a €3 million transfer fee, signing a five-year contract worth €300,000 per year.

He made his Serie A debut on 14 September 2008, coming on for Paolo Sammarco in the 75th minute in a 2–0 defeat to Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico. 

Bruno fornaroli Sacked 

Fornaroli played the first two games this season before being frozen out for last week’s 2-1 win over Central Coast in confusing circumstances.

Perth initially said Fornaroli wasn’t part of the squad due to injury, but the 35-year-old hit back on social media by saying he was 100 per cent fit and available.

Bruno Fornaroli : Sacked | Perth glory | Contract

But the Glory held a meeting on Friday where Fornaroli’s departure was agreed upon, and chief executive Anthony Radich said the right decision had been made.

“It is a difficult decision for both parties, but such decisions have to be made as we continue to rebuild the club,” Radich said in a statement.

“Moving forward, Bruno’s departure means we have an opportunity to strengthen the squad when the transfer window reopens in January and we fully intend to do so.”

Also he has been linked with a move to Melbourne Victory under coach Tony Popovic.

Popovic — who coached Fornaroli during his time at Perth — played a straight bat when asked about the rumours on Friday.

“I’m not aware of those rumours. I’m not aware of [any talks],” Popovic said.

“But, I think, rumours will always exist and, if you’re a big club, then you’ll always be linked, I guess, with big players.

“From my point of view, yes, it’s just a rumour.”

Perth glory 

In March 2019, Fornaroli signed a two-year deal with Perth Glory and on 27 October he scored his first A-League goal for the team versus Wellington Phoenix. But On 23 November he scored his 50th goal on his 76th appearance in the A-League.

Bruno Fornaroli : Sacked | Perth glory | Contract

On 28 October 2022, it was announced that Fornaroli was leaving Perth Glory by mutual consent, due to an alleged contract dispute.

Also fornaroli was a member of the Uruguay team at the 2003 South American U-17 Championship in Bolivia. He scored in Uruguay’s group match against Venezuela.

In March 2022, it was revealed that Fornaroli was selected to play for Australia after becoming eligible due to a change in the FIFA eligibility rules in 2020 that allows residents of countries there under visas to play for their country of residence.

Because he made his debut for Australia as a substitute in a World Cup qualifying game against Japan and became Australia’s oldest ever debutant.

Bruno Fornaroli contract 

Perth Glory can confirm that a mutual contract termination has been agreed with Bruno Fornaroli, effectively immediately.

The 35-year-old departs having made 72 ISUZU UTE A-League appearances in purple since arriving in 2019 and he was quick to acknowledge the club’s supporters.

Bruno Fornaroli : Sacked | Perth glory | Contract

“I have enjoyed my time here at Perth Glory and in particular, the relationship that I have developed with the Members and fans who will always retain a special place in my heart,” he said.

“I would like to thank the club for resolving this situation with me quickly and effectively and wish the players and staff all the very best for the future.”

Glory CEO, Anthony Radich, believes that the decision is the right one for both the club and the player.

Also “Bruno has been a great servant to Perth Glory and we sincerely thank him for his efforts and contribution and wish him well for the remainder of his career,” he said.

By Rishabh

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