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Alejandro Gómez, often known as Papu, is a football player with an Italian-Argentine background. He is seen playing in the place of a forward, winger or as attacking midfielder. He plays for Italian club Atalanta, besides representing the national football team of Argentina.
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Gómez has dual citizenship, owning to the fact that he was born in Argentina and is married to an Italian. As a player, he is a talented soccer player, his footwork is quick and noticeable, and his creativity and technicality, along with his pace, and dribbling skills, have led him to earn his reputation and as a talented footballer. He has good movement, with accuracy in long range shots. Both his feet deliver equally well. He is also a team player, creating opportunities for his teammates. He is a great attacker, with the capabilities to perform well in offensive positions. He is usually the second striker. But he also performs well as a midfielder or winger.
Gómez started playing with the youth squad of Arsenal de Sarandí in Argentina, and debuted for them in 2003. After two years, he received the call up for the first team, but was not a regular there till Torneo Apertura 2006, and during this time, he scored 2 goals in 15 games, with Arsenal finishing in 5th place.
In November 2007, he scored the 2 important goals in his career during Copa Sudamericana Finals, against Club América in Liga MX of Mexico, and Arsenal got an important lead of 3–2 in the second leg. Arsenal had a big premier championship win on the rule of away goals.
Gómez signed with San Lorenzo de Almagro for a transfer fee of2 million dollars, even though his estimated market value was much more, and this was close to Clausura tournament 2009. He gave impressive performances, as he scored 8 goals in 48 matches for Los Santos, and caught the attention of high-profile scouts. He was thus able to transfer to Catania of the Italian Serie A in July 2010, and the fee was €3 million.
Gómez’s signing was made official in July 2010, and he debuted with the club after 9 days, in a 1–0 friendly victory against Greek side Iraklis. Gómez was included in the team immediately as a part of the starting XI, and he soon turned into an important member in the club’s massive change over the following 3 seasons. He made 4 goals and 5 assists in both of the initial 2 seasons.
His most remarkable season was 2012–13, when he displayed his playmaking as well as offensive talents and helped the team. They earned the 8th place in Serie A, and matched their iconic league placement which they achieved in 1964–65. They lagged by 5 points in earning their inaugural game in the Europa League. Gómez ended the season by earning 8 goals in 36 games, the best stats in his career, and along with 7 assists, which made him his club’s highest assist maker.
For undisclosed reasons, Catania sold Gómez in the summer window, followed by a decline of their performance, till they got relegated.
Gómez refused offers from many big clubs, like Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, Fiorentina, etc., and requested to get transferred to Ukrainian Premier League team Metalist Kharkiv with no reputation, saying that he wants to be part of the team’s growth and their commitment towards getting the chance to play in the Champions League. In August 2013, he signed a contract of four years; his release clause was €12 million, and there was another €7 million as transfer fee.
UEFA upheld the ban of Metalist from Champions League due to the club’s association with the 2008 match fixing scandal. By the winter break of December, Gomes still remained unadjusted to the team, due to their invisibility and low quality. The environment and language were also big barriers. He requested to get transferred to Fiorentina of Serie A again in January 2014, and was even ready to accept a decrease in his salary.
However, the request was not met, and he played 23 matches, ending the season with 3 goals and 4 assists. In the next season, he refused to go back because of the political violence that started there at that time, mentioning that he was not ready to risk exposing himself or his family to the unstable conditions of the place. Many other foreign players decided to leave that reason.
In September 2014, Atalanta signed Gómez on a deal of three years. After a decent first season wth 3 goals in 24 matches with 2 assists, for a team that was struggling to avoid relegation, he led his club the next season, with 7 goals and 6 assists, and showed the same form that he had once displayed at Catania. Even without attacking support, he helped his team reach the 13th-place finish. He again attracted attention of many clubs, and in 2016, his club extended his contract till June 2020.
In 2007, Gómez got selected to be part of the U20 Argentina team at South American Youth Championship in 2007. The same year, he became part of the Argentina squad, winning U20 World Cup 2007. He played on an international scale for Argentina at youth level. He had expressed his interest in playing for Italy, where is s also a citizen, and it is said that he was close to getting a call up,
But FIFA apparently deemed him ineligible to shift his nationality in football, as he had no dual passport, at the time he started representing Argentina, and because his lineage is not Italian. In May 2017, Gómez was called up for the friendlies of Argentina against Brazil and Singapore. He debuted as a senior international against Singapore in June, as his team had a 6-0 win, and made his debut international goal.
Alejandro Gómez is an Argentine by birth, and after being married to an Italian, he earned an Italian citizenship in 2016, though, due to his lack of Italian lineage, he was not allowed to play for Italy.
Alejandro Gómez’s current market value is £16.20, which is the highest value acquired by him in his career so far.