Alejo Véliz, the ‘9’ of the Under 20 national team who left malambo and the stages to follow in the footsteps of Messi, Agüero and Saviola

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Alejo Véliz has the goal in his veins. She comes out of her pores. And having managed to score on his debut last Saturday against Uzbekistan (he scored the provisional equalizer in the 2-1 final) made him sigh with relief. the long of Central Rosary He wants to be the centre-forward that he is Argentina national team Sub 20 need to go far in this youth world championship. And he knows he’s started off on the right foot.

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“For strikers it’s always nice to score goals, it gives us confidence. The ball hasn’t stopped falling, ah. I’ve been a bit lucky, but I hope it stays that way”explains the 19-year-old striker, who scored 14 goals in 53 appearances for the club Rogue, total. He now he started shouting in blue and white after failing to convert in the four South American duels he played.

Alejo Véliz scored the first goal for Argentina against Uzbekistan, with a header.  Photo: Juano Tesone, special envoy

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Alejo Véliz scored the first goal for Argentina against Uzbekistan, with a header. Photo: Juano Tesone, special envoy

“I’m coming from a very good moment at my club. The sum of minutes gives you confidence and I hope that what I’ve done at the club can continue to do here. God has given me this other opportunity in the national team and I intend to do the best in this way”assures clarion the one born in Bernardo de Irigoyen, a small village located almost one hundred kilometers from Rosario. His grandfather was in charge of picking him up and taking him to training weekly. And all that effort paid off.

Gone are his days of purrete with boots and gaucho clothes in which he showed off dance the malambo in some other scenario. He was so good that he was national champion in the children’s category at a festival in Cosquín representing Santa Fe. Football fascinated him and there was no room for other activities. His ascending path aboard booty does not stop and the next goal is to consecrate himself in this World Cup at home.

Alejo Veliz, in his time as a malambo dancer.

Alejo Veliz, in his time as a malambo dancer.

“It was crucial to draw quickly. But we had the feeling that we would not lose the match. We never thought that. We always went ahead. We knew in the same way that sometimes it would be difficult for us and that we would suffer”analyze what was the victory against the Uzbeks.

And he adds: “Playing our game and with our idea, but we had to start off on the right foot. It was our first match at the World Cup and we knew it would be difficult because together there were so many sensations, a very tough opponent and a nice field, heavy from the rain, but we knew how to carry on”.

The prize was having been able to celebrate in a Unica Madre delle Cities stadium overflowing with Argentine flavor. “It was very nice to see all the people at the stadium. Javier (Mascherano) told us that we have to take advantage of all this. A very nice group has formed and we are enjoying it to the fullest. This World Cup was something we never it was in our plans, it was unexpected for how things had gone, but we want to take advantage of it”he claims.

The first step has been taken. This Tuesday it’s time to take the field again to try to qualify for the round of 16 against New Zealand. and there it will be Alejo Veliz, trying to kick in the area to give the Argentine more goals, dreaming of emulating Lionel Messi, Sergio Kun Aguero AND Javier Saviola as top scorer in a Youth World Cup before making a career in Europe.

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Source: Clarin

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