The list of Lionel Scaloni for the double date of Qualifiersagainst Uruguay next Thursday at the Bombonera and against Brazil, on Tuesday the 21st at the Maracaná, had a surprise with a very high effect: the call-up of the right back Pablo Maffeo, from Mallorca in Spain. The footballer, who has an Argentine mother, had his first time with the National Team: he arrived at the Ezeiza airport this Monday, he had to process his ID because he did not have it, and from there he went directly to the Lionel Messi property, and trained, for the afternoon, with the Flea and the other new companions.
In a small soccer match, he was a teammate of Lionel, De Paul Paredes and Lo Celso, and they won… Nice way to start…
Pablo is Spanish by birth, but having an Argentine mother was able to access dual nationality and later to the call of Scaloni, who, for example, did not call Renzo Sarabia, who had been at the beginning of the cycle, back in his position. “I thought it was a joke”had declared about his incorporation to the Albiceleste.
One fact: Scaloni was a footballer for Mallorca and his habitual residence is still the Balearic city. Pablo is 26 years old, has played for Manchester City, Girona, Stuttgart and has played four times in the Spanish Under 21 team. If he adds minutes in three different games with Argentina, he will already be uncallable for another team.
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