Movistar Riders has unveiled its new Counter-Strike roster and there are some familiar faces.
Óscar “mixwell” Cañellas and Christian “loWel” Garcia Antoran headline the fully Spanish Movistar roster having played at the top tier of CS:GO recently. Alejandro “mopoz” Fernández-Quejo Cano is the only remaining player from the previous iteration of the roster. Aitor “SOKER” Fernández and Alejandro “ALEX” Masanet will round out the roster.
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mixwell has made no attempt to hide his desire to return home and build Spain into a contender on the international scene of Counter-Strike and this is a move in the right direction. The former OpTic star took to Twitter to provide a heartfelt message in both Spanish and English for his fans which can be found below in its entirety.
“I left Spain after I was scouted by one of the best organizations in the world, OpTic, when I was 19-years-old,” he told HLTV.org. “I left in search of opportunity and to be able to make a living playing CS:GO. I went to the United States of America following a dream.
“Since then, I have been growing personally and professionally. I have failed and I have succeeded. I have lived moments of all kind and met people I will never forget, which has given me the experience and confidence to take on another thrilling adventure.
“During the time I was away, Spain also grew. There are now people investing in the industry, we have strong national leagues, and organizations with the necessary infrastructure to fund great projects. Meanwhile, the best players in Spain have also been growing, each of us paving our own way, but we have never been able to get together to fulfil our dream.
“I am incredibly lucky to have the ability to create a project that I am more passionate about than any other before it, thanks to the help of [Movistar Riders CEO] Fernando Piquer, who has made bringing the best players in Spain together possible in an organization that can rise to the occasion and where we can grow without having to worry about anything other than getting results.
“We wanted to make a team that will excite fans, to create something that has been long in the making: a Spanish team to compete at the highest level. I am aware that it is no easy task, but if there is something I have proven it is that I never give up. I have surrounded myself with good, hard-working people to begin a wonderful new phase in my life, and you’re all welcome to be a part of one of my biggest dreams.
“Today, more than ever, I want to thank everyone who has supported me and stood by my side, and I hope we can enjoy this journey together. I’m back, and in very good company.”
Movistar Riders CS:GO roster:
Alejandro “mopoz” Fernández-Quejo Cano
Óscar “mixwell” Cañellas
Christian “loWel” Garcia Antoran
Aitor “SOKER” Fernández
Alejandro “ALEX” Masanet