Ricky Alvarez is not a name that will evoke fond memories for many Sunderland fans.
Back in January, the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that the North East club owed the midfielder nearly £5 million over loss of earnings after a saga that has dragged on for years.
Alvarez was famously set to join the North East club from Inter Milan permanently in 2015 but an injury to the player saw the Black Cats try to pull out and claim the agreement was invalid due to his fitness issues.
They lost that battle and were forced to pay the Italian club upward of £9 million, with the ruling at the start of 2021 meaning they’ll end up paying well into eight figures for a player that didn’t feature once for them after his loan deal turned permanent.
The Argentine’s last appearance for the Black Cats came while he was still on loan from Inter in the 2014/15 campaign and we’ve looked into what he’s been up to since.
He returned to Italian football with Sampdoria in January 2016 and went on to make 51 appearances across two and a half seasons with the Serie A club before mutually agreeing to terminate his contract in July 2018.
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A move back to his native South America would follow as Alvarez joined Mexican top-tier side Atlas Guadalajara but struggled to make much of an impact, scoring twice and adding three assists in 19 appearances.
After a year and a half at Atlas, the 33-year-old secured a move to Velez Sarsfield – the club at which his professional career started more than a decade earlier.
He’s been in and out of the side since and had featured in four of his side’s first 10 games of the 2021/22 season before injuring himself last month.