Cristian Romero (footballer, born 1998)
Romero with Argentina U20 in 2017
|Full name||Cristian Gabriel Romero|
|Date of birth||27 April 1998|
|Place of birth||Córdoba, Argentina|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|2019–2020||→ Genoa (loan)||30||(1)|
|2020–||→ Atalanta (loan)||31||(2)|
* 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
Romero began his career with Argentine Primera División side Belgrano in 2016, his debut came on 28 August in a league match with Independiente. A month later, Romero played in both of Belgrano's 2016 Copa Sudamericana round of sixteen ties against Coritiba. In two seasons with Belgrano's first-team, he made nineteen appearances in all competitions.
In July 2018, Romero joined Genoa of Serie A. 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. Juventus, on 9 July, announced Romero was having a medical ahead of a proposed transfer.
Loan to Genoa
Loan to Atalanta
On 5 September 2020, Romero joined Atalanta on loan until 30 June 2022 with an option to buy.
Romero has represented Argentina at U20 level, winning seven caps at the 2017 South American Youth Football Championship in Ecuador. 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. Romero was called up for the U23s in September 2019.
Romero made his debut for the senior national team on 3 June 2021 in a World Cup qualifier against Chile, playing the full match. 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. 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.
|Belgrano||2016–17||Argentine Primera División||13||0||0||0||2||0||—||15||0|
|Genoa (loan)||2019–20||Serie A||30||1||3||0||—||—||33||1|
|Atalanta (loan)||2020–21||Serie A||31||2||4||0||7||1||—||42||3|
|1||8 June 2021||Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez, Barranquilla, Colombia||Colombia||1–0||2–2||2022 FIFA World Cup qualification|
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- "Lista para la semana que viene". Argentine Football Association. 15 April 2017. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
- "La Selección Sub 23 jugará ante Bolivia desde las 19, en el estadio de Banfield". AFA. 3 September 2019. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
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- "Πέρασε τον Μαραντόνα και… έγραψε ιστορία ο Ρομέρο!" [Romero surpassed Maradona... and made history!]. www.sport-fm.gr (in Greek). 9 June 2021. Retrieved 9 June 2021.
- "Cristian Romero". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmermann. Retrieved 8 June 2021.
- "The MVPs of the 2020/2021 Season: Cristian Romero Best Defender". Serie A. 31 May 2021. Retrieved 31 May 2021.