Cristian Romero (footballer, born 1998)

Cristian Gabriel Romero (born 27 April 1998) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for Serie A club Atalanta and the Argentina national team.

Cristian Romero
Romero with Argentina U20 in 2017
Personal information
Full name Cristian Gabriel Romero
Date of birth (1998-04-27) 27 April 1998 (age 23)
Place of birth Córdoba, Argentina
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Position(s) Centre-back[2]
Club information
Current team
Number 17
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2018 Belgrano 16 (0)
2018–2019 Genoa 27 (2)
2019– Juventus 0 (0)
2019–2020Genoa (loan) 30 (1)
2020–Atalanta (loan) 31 (2)
National team
2017 Argentina U20 7 (0)
2021– Argentina 3 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 May 2021
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 June 2021

Club career


Romero began his career with Argentine Primera División side Belgrano in 2016,[3] his debut came on 28 August in a league match with Independiente.[1] A month later, Romero played in both of Belgrano's 2016 Copa Sudamericana round of sixteen ties against Coritiba.[1] In two seasons with Belgrano's first-team, he made nineteen appearances in all competitions.[1]


In July 2018, Romero joined Genoa of Serie A.[1] Romero scored his first senior goal in his second Genoa match, netting in a 2–2 draw with Udinese on 28 October, a match in which he was later sent off.[1] Juventus, on 9 July, announced Romero was having a medical ahead of a proposed transfer.[4]


Loan to Genoa

On 12 July 2019, Juventus announced the permanent acquisition of Romero from Genoa for €26 million, with the player remaining at his former club on loan for the rest of the season.[5]

Loan to Atalanta

On 5 September 2020, Romero joined Atalanta on loan until 30 June 2022 with an option to buy.[6]

International career

Romero has represented Argentina at U20 level, winning seven caps at the 2017 South American Youth Football Championship in Ecuador.[1] In April 2017, he was called up for Argentina's training camp ahead of the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in South Korea but was not selected on the tournament squad list.[7] Romero was called up for the U23s in September 2019.[8]

Romero made his debut for the senior national team on 3 June 2021 in a World Cup qualifier against Chile, playing the full match.[9] In his following game for Argentina on 8 June, he scored his first international goal, coming from a thumping header against Colombia after only 130 seconds.[10] This goal also broke the record for the fastest ever scored for Argentina in a professional match, surpassing Diego Maradona's goal after 168 seconds against Venezuela in 1985.[11]

Career statistics


As of match played 23 May 2021[1]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Belgrano 2016–17 Argentine Primera División 130002[lower-alpha 1]0150
2017–18 30100040
Total 1601020190
Genoa 2018–19 Serie A 27200272
Genoa (loan) 2019–20 Serie A 30130331
Total 57330603
Atalanta (loan) 2020–21 Serie A 312407[lower-alpha 2]1423
Career total 10458091001216
  1. Appearance(s) in the Copa Sudamericana
  2. Appearance(s) in the UEFA Champions League


As of match played 18 June 2021[12]
International goals
Scores and results list Argentina's goal tally first.[12]
18 June 2021Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, Barranquilla, Colombia Colombia1–02–22022 FIFA World Cup qualification




  1. Cristian Romero at Soccerway. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  2. "Cristian Romero". World Football. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
  3. "Cristian Romero firmó su primer contrato". Club Atlético Belgrano. 27 May 2016. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  4. "Cristian Romero begins Juventus medical". Juventus. 9 July 2019. Archived from the original on 9 July 2019. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
  5. "Romero, gli accordi con il Genoa". Archived from the original on 12 July 2019. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  6. "UFFICIALE: Juve, ceduto Romero in prestito biennale con diritto di riscatto all'Atalanta". (in Italian). 5 September 2020.
  7. "Lista para la semana que viene". Argentine Football Association. 15 April 2017. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  8. "La Selección Sub 23 jugará ante Bolivia desde las 19, en el estadio de Banfield". AFA. 3 September 2019. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  9. "Argentina v Chile game report". ESPN. 3 June 2021.
  10. "Cristian Romero Biography". 9 June 2021. Retrieved 9 June 2021.
  11. "Πέρασε τον Μαραντόνα και… έγραψε ιστορία ο Ρομέρο!" [Romero surpassed Maradona... and made history!]. (in Greek). 9 June 2021. Retrieved 9 June 2021.
  12. "Cristian Romero". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmermann. Retrieved 8 June 2021.
  13. "The MVPs of the 2020/2021 Season: Cristian Romero Best Defender". Serie A. 31 May 2021. Retrieved 31 May 2021.