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Nicolás Pareja is a professional football player who is part of the national team of Argentina. He is also a representative of Sevilla FC in the Spanish League. He is seen playing as a central defender.
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After beginning his career at Argentinos Juniors, he spent most of his career with Spartak Moscow and Sevilla, and earned two trophies in Europa League, playing for the latter. He has had several injuries which have hindered his career. He helped Argentina win the Olympic tournament in 2008.
Pareja began his junior career by playing for Argentinos Juniors in 2004. He made his first goal of Primera División in February 2006, in a match that ended in a win of 2-1 over Club Atlético Independiente. He stayed associated with the team till 2006.
In 2006, Pareja joined R.S.C. Anderlecht for a transfer fee of €2 million. He played his first match with the team in a game His first game in the Pro League was in August that year, and the match ended in a 4–3 loss of K.V.C. Westerlo. Even after he had several injury issues, Pareja was a regular throughout his tenure of two years in Belgium. In January 2008, he went into an extension of his contract till June 2012.
Pareja signed with RCD Espanyol in the summer of the year 2008 summer, and the transfer fee was €4.5 million. He debuted in La Liga in September, as he played in a match that ended in a win of 1–0 over Recreativo de Huelva, and made his first goal in the tournament, and helped salvage a point against UD Almería with a tie of 2–2. During his time in Catalonia, he started in all the matches of the league.
In August 2010, after he was linked to Anderlecht, Pareja joined FC Spartak Moscow. He debuted in the Russian Premier League that same month, and was part of a match that ended with a score of 4–2 as they won over FC Tom Tomsk. He missed out many games in June and July 2011 because of his international commitment, and Pareja was fined because of his late return to the club. His first goal was netted in September, and it was the only one needed to help his team in beating FC Amkar Perm.
Pareja was banned for three matches after he was sent off the match for making a hard tackle on Vágner Love of PFC CSKA Moscow in November 2010, and was suspended for four months in October next year after a game against FC Zenit Saint Petersburg. His contract was extended after the second offence, and it ran until 2016. He was a regular in the second season, but appeared only 12 times in his third season, because of rotations in the team, and due to his physical problems.
In July 2013, Pareja joined Sevilla FC on loan. He was seen in 37 competitive games in his first season with the team, 12 of which were in Europa League, as his team went on to win the league; eventually, he was chosen to join the 18-man squad of Europa League in that season.
In June 2014, Pareja joined Sevilla for a transfer fee of €2.5 million, and he signed a three-year deal. in January next year, during the time of his 100th game in the top flight of Spain, he made the only goal of the game against Celta de Vigo, by making a direct free kick. In April, during the early part of the quarter final of Europa League, he faced an injury in his right knee, and had to sit out till the year came to an end.
In late August 2016, he agreed to an extension of his tenure at the team till 2019. He got the chance to perform the responsibility of a captain, in a match that ended in 0–0 draw to Villarreal CF, and he was touted as one of the four prospective skippers for the new season, by coach Jorge Sampaoli.
Pareja was a member of the squad of the Argentina of 2008 in the Summer Olympics in Beijing, and made five appearances in the team’s gold medal journey. His displays helped him gain the praise of Diego Maradona. He got his first cap in November 2010, during a friendly match that ended in a 1–0 victory over Brazil. He was chosen for the squad of Copa América in the next year, but remained unused. In August 2017, Pareja was called up Sevilla coach Sampaoli for the qualifiers of World Cup 2018, against Uruguay and Venezuela.
Pareja was born in Buenos Aires in Argentina. He was considered small for his position, and his debut was in the local neighbourhood of his locality. He had grown up showing his support for Real Madrid, and he also had an Italian passport.
The current market value of Nicolás Pareja is £900,000. This is a noticeably large drop from his highest market value of £6.30 million, which he had reached in 2010.