Thursday, September 21, 2023

Sevilla transfer Bono to Al-Hilal

The Moroccan goalkeeper Yassine Bonowho did not return with the Sevilla expedition from Athens after Wednesday’s defeat in the European Super Cup against Manchester City (1-1, 5-4 on penalties), has been transferred by Sevilla to the Saudi team of Al-Hilal , the Andalusian club announced on Thursday night.

The Moroccan international, one of the mainstays of the team coached by José Luis Mendilibar, leaves for Saudi Arabia football in a transfer estimated at just over 20 million eurosaccording to sources of the operation, although Sevilla has not specified in its statement the details of the agreement reached with Al-Hilal.

Bono, born 32 years ago in Montreal (Canada), has closed his four-season career with the Sevilla team with a record of 142 games played, 58 clean sheets, two Europa League titles (2020 and 2023) won and a Zamora Trophy and its designation as third best goalkeeper in the world at FIFA’s The Best gala for his great 2021-22 campaign. In that course, in addition, he scored a goal after joining the attack in added time of a league game played in Valladolid and that led to the tie for the Nervionenses.

The Moroccan will say goodbye to Sevilla in an official act in the near future, when his commitments allow it, reported the Seville club, which thanked him with the following message: “Sevilla FC thanks Bono for his work and performance at this stage which closes and wishes him the best of luck in this new future that is opening up for him. Thank you, Bono!”.

The international with Morocco arrived at Sevilla in the summer of 2019, on loan from Girona with a purchase option of 4 million euros that the Sevilla entity exercised at the end of that 19-20 campaign, in which he started as a substitute for the Czech Tomas Vaclík, although his injuries allowed him to take ownership. The goalkeeper stood out especially after the return of football after the confinement due to the pandemic, as he played the last stretch of LaLiga and the final phase of the Europa League played in Germany and that, with his great performances against Wolverhampton in the quarterfinals, Manchester United in the semifinal and Inter Milan in the duel for the title, Sevilla ended up conquering.

In the following season he played 45 games, 33 in LaLiga and the rest in the Champions League and Copa del Rey, and in 2021-22, already with the Serbian Marko Dmitrovic as competition in goal, he continued to start except in the parenthesis of his march to the African Cup in January, a course that he rounded off with the achievement of winning the first Zamora Trophy in the history of Seville. Bono won this highest award for a goalkeeper in LaLiga with 24 goals conceded in 31 games played and a coefficient of 0.77 goals conceded.

In 2023, the Moroccan goalkeeper attended FIFA’s The Best gala after being nominated among the best goalkeepers in the world thanks to his magnificent previous campaign, an act in which he finished third in the voting behind the Argentine Emiliano Martínez and the Belgian Thibaut Courtois. In the 2022/23 season, Bono played 36 games between LaLiga, the ‘Champions’, the Copa del Rey and the UEFA Europa League, where, with great saves in the qualifiers against Manchester United and Juventus, he was once again decisive so that Sevilla will win their seventh Europa League title by being the hero in the penalty shootout in the final won against Roma.


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