Lithuanian former professional footballer who played primarily as a centre back, Marius Zalikus has sadly passed away. He was reported to have died today October 31, 2020, after a long battle with an undisclosed illness.
The Kaunas-born defender started his football career with Inkaras Kaunas before joining city rivals FBK Kaunas. He spent a season with FK Šilutė before returning to Kaunas to claim a regular first-team position
Zaliukas captained the side to Scottish Cup glory against rivals Hibs in May 2012, and after leaving Hearts had spells with Leeds, Rangers, and Zalgiris in his homeland before retiring in 2016. He was loaned to Hearts from FBK Kaunas in August 2006.
His death news was announced by the Lithuanian Football Federation in an official statement.
Read excerpts from the statement: “Marius Zaliukas, a long-term national team defender and legendary Lithuanian football defender, has gone to eternal rest.
On 3 July 2014, after leaving Leeds United, Žaliūkas joined Rangers on trial. He later signed a two-year contract with Rangers that month.
signed for Celtic in the Same season playing in goals.After making 28 appearances for the Scottish club, along with scoring two goals, Žaliūkas left Rangers by mutual consent on 27 August 2015.
He played his last match with Rangers in a pre-season friendly against Burnley.
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