Argentine central midfielder, Éver Banega, who is known for his intelligent and versatile playing style, represents Sevilla FC in the Spanish League, besides being an important member of Argentina. He is often seen assuming important roles in the attacking positions, too, besides having a great command over setting the pace in the midfield and creating scoring opportunities for his teammates with his passes and assists.
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Banega’s career began at Boca Juniors, and he went on to join Valencia in the year 2008, eventually continuing with the club for many years, during which he played in 162 official matches and helped win the Copa del Rey of 2008. He then signed with Sevilla in the year 2014, and helped lift back-to-back Europa League trophies. He was part of the Olympic award-winning squad of Argentina of 2008, and even helped his team to the Copa América finals in 2015 and 2016.
Banega’s journey began in 2000, and stayed with the youth program till 2007, before he went to the first team when he was 18 years of age. He won recognition immediately, due to the passing average he established, besides his displays in Primera División. Despite his young age, he got compared to club veterans, and was highly appreciated for his performances. He debuted professionally in a 2007 match that ended in a victory of 4–0 over Club Atlético Banfield in February. In April, he received an ovation when he was just a few games old.
In January 2008, Banega joined the La Liga team, Valencia CF, signing a deal of 5.5 years, and it cost the Spanish fee about 20 million EUR. He debuted in a 0–1 defeat at Atlético Madrid. In 2008-09, Banega joined Spanish giants Atletico Madrid on loan. He officially debuted in a 3–0 victory over PSV Eindhoven in a UEFA Champions League group stage game. But, he could not successfully become part of the starting XI squad, and even had to be sent off during matches against Villarreal CF and UD Almería, both of which ended in draws.
After he came back from Atlético, there were rumours that Banega would join Everton in the English Premier League, but the plan fell through because of visa acquisition problems. He eventually came back for the campaign of 2009–10, and began the assist spree of his life, as he helped score both goals in the game against Sevilla FC. His first goal came in January 2010 in a match that ended in a 4–1 win over Villarreal.
In the 2010-11 campaign, Banega appeared in 28 games, scoring 2 goals in them, and his team acquired the third place and reached the Champions League. In February 2012, he stayed out of the field a lot due to a knee injury after a car accident which had led to a fracture in his left ankle, besides leaving him with a broken tibia and fibula in the same leg. He had to undergo a surgery, and had to miss the rest of the season’s games. In January 2014, he went to Newell’s Old Boys in Argentina on loan, and stayed there until the end of the season.
In August 2014, Banega signed with Sevilla but his fee remained undisclosed. He officially debuted in a 1–1 tie with Valencia. In May 2015, Banega appeared in the UEFA Europa League Final of 2015 which ended in a win over FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk. Banega was announced as the man of the match. In August, he scored the fastest goal in the history of UEFA Super Cup, in the third minute of the match as he succeeded in netting a free kick, but the match’s 4-5 victory eventually went to Barcelona.
In 2015-16, Banega made 9 goals in 46 games. He appeared in the final of Europa League, helping to win with a score of 3–1 against Liverpool. The Copa del Rey final in May 2016 turned out to be his last match for his team, and he was sent off in the 90th minute of the match for tackling Neymar, as the team went on to be defeated by Barca with a score of 0–2. He went away from Sevilla for a season at Internazionale, before he returned to the team again in 2017.
In May 2016, Banega’s plan to join Internazionale was announced and he would be a free agent, and the shift was put into effect in July. His official debut was in August for the team. He debuted in Serie A in August 2016, in a 0–2 defeat against A.C. ChievoVerona. In September, he assisted Mauro Icardi’s first goal in a 2–1 success against Pescara, and helped earn the season’s first three points. He was a member of the squad that participated in Inter’s Europa League. He first goal was in October, in a 1–2 defeat to A.S. Roma.
At the beginning of the campaign, Banega appeared in most games, but was often seen on the bench too, leading to speculations regarding a possible winter move. In March 2017, was seen as a part of the squad for the league match facing Cagliari Calcio, and he went on to assist Ivan Perišić, besides making a successful free-kick in a 5–1 win. He soon amassed his first hat-trick, in the 7–1 loss of Atalanta BC, and he set his personal best in the league, with six goals.
In June 2017, after 13 months of leaving Sevilla, Banega came back to the team. He had to leave the ground in the first match of the league, after he allegedly insulted the referee for the second time, right after he picked a yellow card when he committed a foul in the 1–1 tie with RCD Espanyol.
Banega became part of the Argentine U-20 squad to appear in the FIFA World Cup 2007, as he went on to play in all the 7 matches of the campaign. In January 2008, he debuted for Argentina’s full side; it was a 5–0 victory over Guatemala in February. He represented Argentina in the Summer Olympics, and helped his team win the gold medal.
Even though Maradona did not pick him for the World Cup 2010 campaign, he was part of the squad that appeared in Copa América 2011, and appeared in the first two matches of the group stage, reaching the quarter-finals. In March 2013, Banega made his first goal, as he turned a cross by Clemente Rodríguez into an equalizer with Bolivia, ending the match in a 1–1 draw in the qualifiers of World Cup 2014. However, he was dropped from the squad that went to the finals.
Banega was chosen for the Copa América 2015 match against Paraguay. He missed his penalty shootout opportunity in the final, leading to a 1–4 defeat to Chile.
n the in the United States, lost 2–4 in the same fashion to the same opponent. Previously, in the Copa América Centenario group stage match, his goal helped gain a 2–1 victory, besides setting up the first goal of Ángel Di María.
Banega was born in Rosario, in the Argentine city of Santa Fe. He has four brothers, Cesar, Brian, Luciano, and Emiliano. Very little is known about Banega’s personal life, because he is one of those players who wants to keep his personal life away from the eyes of the media, and prefers to grab attention only for his skills and professional displays.
The current market value of Ever Banega is £10.8 million, which has dropped from his highest market value of £15.3 million, which he acquired in 2016 when he was in Internazionale.
For his incredible contributions, goals, assists and smart displays, Banega has earned much respect and recognition, and being named in the UEFA Europa League: Squad of the Season for 2014–15 and 2015–16 is his biggest personal honour.