This may not be a golden generation of Argentinian footballers but, where quality is arguably lacking, at least the Albiceleste are not short of character.
In Gonzalo Montiel, the sleeping giants of South American football have a rampaging right-back who embodies the sort of never-say-die spirit epitomised by the likes of Diego Maradona, Roberto Ayala and Gabriel Batistuta.
"He is my firefighter. He is a born competitor,” River Plate boss Marcelo Gallardo told Infobae of a man who shone during the 2019 Copa Libertadores-winning campaign.
No wonder Gallardo is determined to keep Montiel in Argentina for as long as he can.
Arguably the most respected tactician outside Europe slammed a ‘ridiculous’ offer from West Ham United during the January transfer window when David Moyes’ side made a £9 million loan-to-buy bid for the 23-year-old.
A swashbuckling, typically modern full-back who has been likened to Brazil great Dani Alves, the rising star of Argentinian football is a natural born winner who brings a positive mentality both on and off the pitch.
Just ask Gallardo.
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