They say that Marcelo Gallardo talked with him on the plane that brought the team from Rivero to Madrid. And the eyes of the child shone. Julián Álvarez was already on the stand bench in the finals at The Bombonera and now the Mistress has it on his sleeve, maybe, to start him on the yard at Santiago Bernabéu on Sunday. Will this be the surprise of Rivero's coach? Is the child the owner? Or will he be on the replacement bench and does he have minutes in the second half in the game? What is clear is that the technician has a lot of trust in him.
Gallardo had complications with the strikers. To the lack of Rafael Saints Borré, when he reached the three flags, he added the wound (tear in the right twin) of Ignacio Scocco and Rodrigo Mora (synovitis in the hip). The Uruguayan is already recovered but would not play from the beginning. While Nacho gradually goes and works against the clock at least having a place in the bench of substitutes. So, if the DT Millionaire wants to play with two attackers from the beginning to face Boca, the only option left to go with Lucas Pratto is Alvarez.
The 18-year-old, born in Cordova in January 2000, lives in fair history. Only a few matches were in the First River and he was recorded midway throughout the year in the Copa Libertadores's best faith list, before they started the round of 16. Take 9 on the back, no less. They call it a "Spider" and also "Pipa", as they see it similar to Lucas Alario.
Coincidences or not of luck, if he has to play this end, Alvarez will meet again with Santiago Bernabéu, who he visited when he was 11 year (witness of a 2-0 win of Barcelona over Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu in the first stage of the 2011 Champions League) and was in Real Madrid. It was tried at the Merengue club and it was. He even played a match with a white shirt but because he could not stay in the house until he was 13, he returned to Cordova.
Later he no longer returned to the Spanish capital because of the time he lost his family here. And he did not want to go back without his parents and his brothers.
Julián Álvarez, at the age of 11, with the t-shirt of Real Madrid and the classic against Barcelona. (Photo: courteous famous Alvarez).
The child grew and continued with the ball. Up to Rivero, the club he is a fan, has crossed his life. And there he tried to stay away from Calchi, the Cordova, where he was born and his family, who went every weekend to Núñez not to leave him alone.
Before being registered in the Glass Liberating, He was sparring from Russia's National Team. And as he had the possibility of close to Christian Ronaldo for a decade, he had the privilege of training with Lionel Messi, his idol.
Julián Álvarez with Messi at the Ezeiza property. julian alvarez lionel messi soccer player sub20 sparring from the Argentine national team
Now, it's a unique opportunity, I dreamed. Gallardo not only rely on his technical capacity. Also, he sees it by personality. In fact, he sent him kick the fifth penalty in the definition against Gymnastics for the semi-final of the Argentine Cup last week. And the child fulfilled it skillfully. The Dummy usually looks at his players before giant huge games with a Sunday. It happened to him to Alario in 2015 when it arrived as a third forward and, in front of a few absences, Gallardo looked at it and the country of headquarters sent him in the final instances of this Libertadores. Is it the turn, now, of the Alvarez child?