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Updated Story: Former Toronto FC DP Pablo Piatti returns to La Liga

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It’s like we hardly knew ya, Pablo.

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TORONTO, Canada—After just one season with Toronto FC, Pablo Piatti appears to be saying farewell.

The former Reds designated player took to his Instagram page Friday afternoon, posting a brief goodbye message to the club and supporters.

“Thanks Toronto, see you. Best in the future,” wrote Piatti.

On Saturday, as Waking the Red reported in January, Piatti officially returned to La Liga, signing with Elche CF. The Spanish side finds themselves in the midst of a relegation battle, sitting in 18th out of 20 teams, although they are one point away 17th, aka safety from relegation.

Well-renowned friend Alejandro Pozuelo was quick to comment on Piatti’s instagram post: “Como os echamos de menos hermano!!!!” (That roughly translates from spanish to english into: “How we miss you brother!!!!”)

Piatti, 31, spent 12 seasons in Spain, including stints with UD Almeria, Valencia, and Espanyol before joining Toronto in 2020. In 2016-17, he’d be one of 11 players named to the UEFA La Liga Team of the Season, joining the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Last season with the Reds, Piatti appeared in 19 matches in all competitions, scoring four goals and adding four assists—including a screamer in his first match at BMO Field. It’s a shame Toronto FC fans weren’t able to witness Piatti play in-person due to the global pandemic.

Piatti became a free agent in December after Toronto FC declined their club option on the winger’s contract.