Pity Martinez’s time with Atlanta United has officially come to a close. The club announced on Monday that the Argentine playmaker has completed a transfer to Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr.
Official financial details of the deal were not announced, but several reports have indicated that the Five Stripes will rake in around $18 million from the transfer. If accurate, that should be enough for the club to net some profit from their original investment and allow them some financial room to work towards helping rebuild their roster.
“We want to thank Pity for his contributions to our club for the past two years,” said Atlanta United Vice President and Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra. “He will forever be a part of Atlanta United’s history after playing an integral part in our 2019 season in which we lifted two trophies. We’ll look to be diligent in our efforts to fill that roster spot during this window.”
There were some highs and lows for Pity in Atlanta during his 18 months or so. He was an integral part of winning the U.S. Open Cup and Campeones Cup in 2019. However, things just never seemed to go smoothly for him under manager Frank de Boer. That inevitably led to both men departing the club within weeks of one another.
Good luck to Pity for the rest of his career. While his time in Atlanta will be heavily debated for some time, there’s no doubt that he gave everything he had to the club. Farewell, Pity!