Manchester United youngster Alejandro Garnacho has chosen to play for the Argentina national team over Spain, and the country’s youth coordinator Bernardo Romeo has revealed the reason why.
Despite featuring in three under-18 games for Spain, the 18-year-old winger has committed his future to the Albiceleste, scoring four goals in four appearances for their under-20 side. According to Romeo, Garnacho is a huge fan of Argentina captain Lionel Messi, and has a house full of photos of the football superstar.
Despite being born in Madrid and having dual citizenship for both Spain and Argentina, Garnacho has made his choice to play for the South American nation. Romeo confirmed that Spain had approached the youngster, but any talks were not due to serious interest
. Garnacho has enjoyed a breakout season under United manager Erik ten Hag, with nine goal involvements in 29 matches across all competitions.
However, the winger was dealt a blow after confirming an ankle injury that will keep him out of Argentina’s upcoming friendlies against Panama and Curacao.
Although he did not feature in Argentina’s World Cup campaign last winter, Garnacho’s commitment to the national team indicates that he could be an exciting prospect for the Albiceleste in the future.
Garnacho’s decision to play for Argentina over Spain also reflects the ongoing competition between the two footballing nations for talent.
With dual citizenship becoming increasingly common, footballers have the choice of representing multiple countries, leading to fierce competition between national teams for their services. Garnacho’s choice to play for Argentina is a boost for the country, and could lead to further success for the Albiceleste in the years to come.