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Argentine professional football player, Lucas Biglia, has grabbed the attention of the football fraternity with his skills and displays in the role of a midfielder on an international level, as well as for Milan, the Italian club.
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A former member of Argentinos Juniors and then Independiente, Biglia played with Anderlecht for 7 seasons, appearing in 312 Belgian Pro League games, and helping his team to gain 4 league titles. He also played with Lazio of Italy for another 4 seasons, before he finally joined Milan in the year 2017. His international career, on the other hand, began in 2011, after his contribution to the U20 team in winning the World Youth Championship in 2005. He also represented his country in the World Cup 2014, helping the team go to the final, and was also part of the squad that won the silver medals in 2 out of 3 Copa América campaigns – in 2015 and 2016.
Biglia’s career began at Argentinos Juniors and his official contract was in 2004. He scored against Godoy Cruz in June 2004 in two games, making his debut in July 2004, in a 2–1 victory over Talleres. In the next season, Biglia scored once against Huracán in November, having appeared in 15 games. But, since he had not appeared in the first team, Biglia had to leave the club after 17 games, during which he scored only 1 goal. In February 2005, Biglia joined Independiente after his displays at South American U20 Championship. Biglia debuted in February 2005, in a 1-0 defeat to Lanús. He appeared in 11 games before he turned into a first team player in the next season.
In July 2006, Biglia joined Belgian Pro League with Anderlecht on a contract of four years. In 2006–07, he debuted against K. Sint-Truidense in the season’s first match, which ended in a 4–2 victory. Biglia’s beginning at the club was difficult, after he was dropped from the squad that went to Belgian Supercup. However, he soon debuted in Champions League, as his team had a 1–1 draw with Lille in the Group Stage. Biglia soon established himself in the midfield. His impressive displays earned him the Young Professional Footballer of the Year honour in January 2007. His first goal for the club was in the form of a penalty kick in a 6–0 win against Brussels in which he also made two assists.
2007–08 began well for Bigila when he helped his team win with his assists against Club Brugge and KV Mechelen. After his team’s elimination from Champions League, Bigila considered moving to another team but did not follow this plan through. In December 2007, he signed a contract extension until 2012. He was kept off the field for injury as well as suspension, but upon returning, he scored in a 5–0 victory over Roeselare in March 2008.
Before 2008–09, Biglia wanted to leave. But, he continued with the team, and scoring for them. He was linked with various teams at this point, though. His intension to change the team was again seen before 2009–10, but he still continued with the team. His goal against Charleroi is considered as the biggest goal of his career by the player himself. After a severe bout of injury, Biglia scored twice in Europa League campaign against Athletic Bilbao and Hamburg.
In 2010–11, Biglia had a good start, as he scored winning shots in the Belgian Super Cup. However, his season was full of injuries, In January, Turkish Galatasaray made a transfer bid of 4.5 million EUR. But the plan fell through due to low funding. In 2011–12, Biglia extended the contract with his team till 2015. In September 2011, he led his team for the first time as a captain in a 4–1 victory over AEK Athens. His season was full of assists. In 2012–13, Biglia continued to be an impressive captain as well as his performances. In January, he tried to push a move to Southampton by missing training. His move was finally declared for summer.
Anderlecht’s successes during Biglia’s tenure include:
In 2013, Italian club Lazio signed Biglia for five years. The financial report of the team revealed that, it cost the club 8.4 million EUR to bring the player, including the agent fee of 750,000 EUR. Biglia debuted in the season’s first match that ended in a 2–1 victory over Udinese Calcio. But soon, his injury kept him on the bench, for the entire 2013. But soon, he proved himself as a powerful defensive midfielder. His first goal for the new team was in December 2013, in a 4–1 defeat to Hellas Verona. He went on to score twice in 32 games in the season.
He started 2014–15 well, but soon had an injury that kept him away for some time. But he returned to score in October 2014, in a 2–1 victory over Torino. His season was full of injuries and completed with 4 goals in 31 games. In 2015–16, Biglia became the new captain of Lazio led his team for the first time in Supercoppa Italiana in a 2–0 loss to Juventus. It was, in the end, yet another season full of injuries, and he stayed on the sidelines a lot.
Before 2016–17, no contract offers were made to Biglia, but he stayed at the team, anyway. His future at the team was uncertain, but in the middle of all this, he continued to perform well. He also had many injuries and ended the season with 5 goals in 34 matches.
In July 2017, Lazio and Milan made an announcement as Biglia joined Milan. It was confirmed in July 2017, and Biglia officially signed with the team in 2020, as the deal cost Milan 17 million EUR.
Biglia debuted for the Argentine U17 team in a South American Under-17 Football Championship win, and in U-17 World Cup, Biglia made his first goal for the team during the semi-final 3–2 defeat against Spain. He was seen as a captain in many of the U-17 matches. In January 2005, he joined the U-20 team, and helped his team win the South American U-20 Championship in Colombia tournament, as well as the World Youth Championship. In 2008, despite his heavy chances, he was dropped from the Summer Olympics squad.
In October 2010, Biglia received his call-up to join the first team in a game against Brazil, but he stayed on the bench. In February 2011, he appeared in a friendly against Portugal, which ended in a win of 2-1. In June 2014, Biglia was seen in the World Cup 2014, the Copa América 2015. In November 2015, he made his first international goal in a 1–0 win against Columbia in the World Cup 2018 qualifying round.
During his tenure, Argentina’s successes include:
Biglia was born in Mercedes, in Argentina. In December 2011, he married Cecilia Ambrosio, a childhood friend in Sierra Leone. They have a daughter together. He has a dual citizenship – at Argentina due to his birth and in Ital due to his heritage. Biglia also has an older brother named Christian, who is a footballer, too. In March 2008, Biglia got involved in an initiative to help the underprivileged youth of Argentina.
Biglia’s current market value is £14.4 million. However, his highest market value was £18 million, which he acquired in July 2016.
Biglia has made amazing contributions to the teams that he has represented, be it on an international scale or at club level. Besides being constantly recognized for his displays, he was announced as the Belgian Young Professional Footballer of the Year in the season of 2006–07.