Two games and two goals in his debut in a giant national team like Italy.
His coach, Roberto Mancini, lightly praised:
"It reminds me of the beginnings of Batistuta
It is noticeable that the coach filled him with confidence, because Mateo Retegui, the Argentine who chose to play for the Azzurra, was full of goals.
One against England at the Diego Maradona stadium in Naples.
And another yesterday, with a header, in the 2-0 against the weak Malta for the second day of the Euro 2024 Qualifiers. The blonde did his homework and began to exchange questions about his call for praise.
At a dizzying pace, like his last year.
The only 8 minutes he played in Boca in November 2018 (Guillermo Barros Schelotto was the DT) were not enough to earn a place in the club where he finished training as a professional after having integrated field hockey teams with a surname of Olympic lineage (he is the son of Carlos "Chapa" Retegui, champion coach with the Leonas and the Lions) and with a past in other sports.
After all, it was his first great differential even before the goals: his physical power.
As a boy he trained as an athlete and over the years he added technique on the field.
He went through Estudiantes de La Plata when Gustavo Alfaro dispensed with him and then through Talleres de Córdoba.
In all of them he had uneven luck against the goal.
Until he found his place in Tigre.
A two-season loan, with an option to buy half of his token, was the deal.
And Mateo was uncovered with goals from all sides:
23 goals scored in 42 games played during 2022
they put it in the orbit of several teams in Europe.
Also from Boca, who spoke through Hugo Ibarra with him to try a play-off, aware that he would run from behind Benedetto.
So it was easy for all parties to decide: the best thing was to continue for 6 more months at the Victoria club and then make the leap to Europe.
The clubs will be partners.
And they will earn millions.
At the start of 2023, the forward has already scored 6 goals for Tigre in the Professional League.
But the two cries of him with Italy are worth more than all that he can do in local territory.
Even in Boca they received calls from Milan, Inter, Lazio, Roma and Napoli in the last few hours.
Udinese was the club that had already moved chips in 2022 to keep it.
The price skyrocketed.
in Brandsen 805 , in addition to confirming that their transfer that will leave them
more than ten million dollars
is well advanced
, they will seek to keep a percentage of a future sale for the tip that will turn 24 in a month.
"If it ends up coming to fruition, it would be a round business because the boy did not play or have a place, he gave up, Boca was champion of all the tournaments while he played in Tigre and now he would leave us a good income," someone of weight of weight confided to Clarín. the La Ribera club CD.
“We have guys in that position who are fine.
In the future it will be seen if I hit him or not.
There is no point in talking about whether he could be in Argentina or not because we were not convinced to summon him ”, was Lionel Scaloni's explanation for not calling him to the National Team.
Now, with his matches in Italy, he will no longer be able to wear the albiceleste shirt for not meeting the requirements demanded by FIFA to request the modification of his federation as a footballer.
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The name Retegui quickly entered the Italian environment, from where it garnered praise from Daniele De Rossi and Vieri.
His performance put him in a privileged place, to reach the Azzurra, which seeks to renew itself after being left out of the last two World Cups.
Retegui already contributes his: goals.
Mateo Retegui covered up the criticism with goals: he scored his second goal in two games in Italy and restored DT Mancini's confidence
Bruno Zapelli, the other Argentine who made his debut with Italy: started in the U-21 triumph