Melbourne Victory would like to thank Ola Toivonen for his service to the Club, after he informed the football department of his decision to return to Europe.
With the ongoing health crisis unfolding around the world, the 33-year-old believes the time is right for him and his family to make the move.
The Swedish international said he will miss playing in front of the passionate and loyal Victory crowds.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time at Melbourne Victory,” Toivonen said.
“Given everything that is happening in the world and in the league at the moment, we believe now is the right time for us to move back to Europe.
“Melbourne is a fantastic city and Victory is a very professional and well-run club. While we didn’t achieve the success we had all hoped for over the past two years, it was a privilege to captain the club this season.
“I want to thank the members and fans who create a special atmosphere to play in front of, both at home and away games, and I have really enjoyed scoring goals and celebrating with you after our wins.
“Finally, I want to thank my teammates and everyone that works at the club, all the football staff, the administration staff and the Board. I hope the club is back challenging for titles next season.”
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Football Operations Manager, Paul Trimboli, wished Toivonen well on his return to Europe.
“On behalf of everyone at Melbourne Victory we would like to wish Ola and his family all the best for their move home to Europe,” Trimboli said.
“We understand Ola’s decision to return home and we thank him for his service and professionalism over the past two seasons at Victory.
“Ola is a world class striker, and he’s not only kept our members and fans entertained through his skill and finishing but it’s also been great for our young players to watch and learn from a player of his calibre.”
Toivonen signed a two-year deal with Victory ahead of the 2018/19 A-League season. The striker played 40 games and scored 25 goals in the navy blue.