Lucas Zelarayán to play for Armenia – 2nd most valuable player behind Henrikh Mkhitaryan

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5th Armenian in MLS 

Columbus Crew playmaker Lucas Zelarayán has accepted a call-up to the Armenian national team. Born in Argentina, the 29-year-old has Armenian heritage through his father. The Armenian Football Federation has been interested in the midfielder for some time but Zelarayán has been harbouring hopes to play for Argentina instead. 

“Realistically, I know I don’t have much of a chance to make the Argentina national team,” Zelarayán said in an interview with MLSSoccer.com. “This is a great opportunity to play World Cup qualifiers in UEFA, going up against great players I haven’t had the chance to play. That’ll just benefit me in the long run.”

Armenia are second in Group J behind four-times World Cup winners Germany. The Caucasus nation will be playing Iceland (Oct. 8) and Romania (Oct. 11) in the upcoming UEFA World Cup qualifiers. Zelarayán told MLSSoccer.com that he has not yet been to Armenia. That will not be the case until November when Armenia hosts first North Macedonia (Nov. 11) and then Germany (Nov. 14). (Overview

Zelarayán: 2nd most valuable Armenian behind Mkhitaryan – 5th Armenian in MLS

Either way, the 29-year-old will instantly become a key player for the Havak’akan. With a market value of $11million, the Crew playmaker ranks just behind Roma star Henrikh Mkhitaryan ($16.5m) as the second most valuable player in Armenia’s national team squad. Furthermore, Zelarayán becomes just the fifth Armenian playing in MLS and—once capped—the fourth to play for the country’s senior team—the previous three were Yura Movsisyan, Harut Karapetyan and David Arshakyan

Zelarayán 2nd – The 10 most valuable Armenian national team players

Taron Voskanyan – Alashkert – Market value: $330,000

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Nominated for the October World Cup qualifiers.

Alik Arakelyan – Ararat Yerevan – Market value: $330k

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André Calisir – Silkeborg – Market value: $440k

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Kamo Hovhannisyan – Kairat Almaty – Market value: $660k

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Varazdat Haroyan – Cadiz – Market value: $990k

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Eduard Spertsyan – Krasnodar – Market value: $1.1m

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Khoren Bayramyan – Rostov – Market value: $2.75m

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Sargis Adamyan – Hoffenheim – Market value: $3.85m

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Lucas Zelarayán – Columbus Crew – Market value: $11m

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan – Roma – Market value: $16.5m

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