His speed is impressive. The scoring voracity enchants. In Europe they fought for him and Manchester United won at arm’s length. Spanish document, but with Argentine blood. Barely 17 years old and a projection impossible to measure. Attentive to such talent, Lionel Scaloni took control and called him to be part of the list for the qualifying date in which Argentina will have to face Venezuela and Paraguay. He couldn’t let it slip away Alexander Garnachothe boy who was born in Madrid, has Argentine roots and admires Cristiano Ronaldo.
He was born on July 1, 2004 in Madrid and completed his first years of training at Atlético de Madrid. His task in Spain aroused the interest of giant teams from Europe. He rejected offers from Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, to accept the proposal of Manchester United, who acquired him for 500,000 euros. According to the Spanish newspaper BrandGarnacho’s decision was tied to his admiration for Ronaldo, since he intends to walk the same path as the Portuguese.
“It is a dream come true to sign my first professional contract with Manchester United. It is a pride for me and my family. Thanks to everyone who helped me get to this moment,” Garnacho posted on his Instagram account.
The boy is in England with his parents, Patricia Ferreyra Fernández, his mother, is the Argentine root that unites Alejandro with the team led by Lionel Scaloni. His father Alex is one of his mainstays and his brother Rober, an accomplice at all times. “Congratulations son, you do not know how proud we are of you, everything you have sacrificed to fight for your dream, what you are striving for. Grandpa from heaven will be so proud of you,” his father posted on the day he signed his contract with Manchester.
Garnacho always wore the number 7 shirt at Atlético, and his game is inspired by Cristiano. He is a goalscorer who likes to play from the left flank, as Ronaldo did in the early stages of his career. According to some media in England, he still could not take a picture with his idol CR7, nor was he summoned to train with him. His teammates have already drawn comparisons between the two and Garnacho has been nicknamed “Cristiano” in responses to an Instagram post, and the celebration of “Siuuuu!” after scoring a spectacular goal against Everton.
Garnacho was essential in the UEFA Youth League (Champions League youth category): in the group stage of the competition, with two goals and an assist. He had already turned heads with a tremendous goal against Leicester in the Youth Cup at the Stretford End in a previous round, showing temperament to produce in his first game at Old Trafford. The 17-year-old winger has scored in five different competitions this season: the U18 League and Premier League Cup tournaments, the UEFA Youth League, the U23s League and the FA Youth Cup. He has nine goals and is United’s top scorer in all tournaments at the academy level.
He also stood out in the lower categories of the Spanish team, in which the Under 18 coach, Pablo Amo, fully counted on him. He was champion of the IV Nations in Bucharest (Romania) after beating Portugal in the final. This call from Argentina aroused much discomfort in Spanish football. The newspaper Brand quoted a phrase from a supposed member of the Spanish Federation: “Whoever wants to play with Spain has to prove it”, they mentioned in reference to the calls for Garnacho and Nicolás Paz, from Real Madrid, born in Tenerife and son of former defender Pablo Peace.
Garnacho is a jewel in full expansion that is why everyone has their eyes on it. His family did not express themselves on social networks for this call. However, his girlfriend, Eva García, in her Instagram stories published the list of the Argentina call, placed a heart next to the name Alejandro Garnacho and accompanied it with the phrase: “Every day I am more proud of you ”.
The concrete thing is that this 17-year-old boy, who has Argentine blood, has already been contacted by the AFA and showed interest in being part of the national team. Garnacho is a talent in full development, and with incredible projection, which is why Scaloni does not want to let him escape.