Former S.League Golden Boot Rafael Ramazotti joins PKNS
Two-time S.League Golden Boot winner Rafael Ramazotti has agreed a deal to join PKNS for the 2018 Malaysia Super League (MSL) season.
Ramazotti moves from Brunei's DPMM, where he was instrumental to the club's 2015 S.League triumph under former Blackburn Rovers boss Steve Kean.
The Brazilian earned his first Golden Boot that year, when he struck 21 league goals and netted 20 times the following year to retain the award.
PKNS are keen to have a better season under former Malaysia head coach K. Rajagobal after ending the 2017 MSL campaign in seventh spot.
. PENJARING TERBANYAK LIGA SINGAPURA 3 MUSIM BERTURUT SERTAI THE RED ANTS -------- Penyerang tinggi lampai kelahiran Brazil, Rafael Ramazotti de Quatros menyertai PKNS FC daripada pasukan DPMM FC. Rafael merekodkan kejayaan cemerlang di Liga Singapura dengan menjadi penjaring terbanyak musim 2015 (21 gol), musim 2016 (20 gol) dan berada di tempat ketiga pada tahun 2017 dengan 14 gol. Rafael telah pun diuji oleh Ketua Jurulatih PKNS FC, Datuk K Rajagobal ketika menentang Gyeongnam FC di Bangkok, minggu lepas. #TheRedAnts #NeverGiveUp #NeverSurrender
And Ramazotti joins Australian defender Zac Anderson and Singapore midfielder Faris Ramli as the Red Ants try and push themselves among Malaysia's top sides.
With legendary Malaysia striker Safee Sali also on board, alongside talented youngster Jafri Firdaus Chew, Rajagobal is assembling a useful looking blend of youth and experience to try and take the club forward.
PKNS begin their 2018 MSL campaign with a trip to face newly promoted Terengganu on Feb. 3.
Ramazotti played on loand with Japanese club Avispa Fukuoka in 2011, scoring one goal in four matches.
Bangkok-based Paul Murphy has lived in Asia for a decade, writing for ESPN FC since 2014. He is a former Daily Express sub-editor. @PaulMurphyBKK