Argentine midfielder Andrés D’Alessandro arrives in Uruguay “hungry to win” and not to retire from professional football, as he declared this Friday during his presentation as a new Nacional player.
On the grass of the Gran Parque Central, the veteran footballer, who turns 40 in April, expressed his admiration for the history of the tricolor club and said that he joins the Montevideo team to “contribute” to young people and become infected with them.
“It gives me a lot of desire, it gives me strength and it gives me life to be able to catch it from young people. Today football changed a lot and we, the oldest, have to adapt to the youngest, “said the midfielder, who will not be able to play the current Clausura Tournament, but will join the squad for the start of the Uruguayan Championship 2021 and international competitions .
The former player of the Argentine River Plate and San Lorenzo or the Spanish Zaragoza, among others, recognized the value of having Álvaro ‘Chino’ Recoba in the National coaching staff, since, in his opinion, it is “like an open book to have him close”.
“What he says about ‘Chino, everyone knows, what he represents for Nacional, for world football. It is a pride, not only for me, to be able to have him close, players who have history … that experience only makes us grow and improve, “he said.
The midfielder, who showed good physical condition, clarified that he will not play in Uruguay “for money (money)” and that his arrival in the South American country has to do with football, the affection he feels for the neighboring country and “the project” of the club chaired by José Decurnex.
“The priorities for a 39-year-old player, who is going to turn 40, are different,” he clarified.
D’Alessandro described football as “impressive” because he has practiced it professionally for 20 years and continues to “give joy and open doors.”
The footballer, who pointed out that the Nacional “is already a protagonist at the local level in the Uruguayan Championship”, expressed his conviction that the tricolor “can become a protagonist in the Libertadores”. tournament he last won in 1988.
The Nacional shirt will be the seventh shirt of his career after defending the Argentines River Plate and San Lorenzo, the German Wolfsburg, the Spanish Zaragoza, the English Portsmouth and the Brazilian International, the club in which he was the last 12 years.
Olympic champion in Athens 2004 with the National Team commanded by Marcelo Bielsa and winner of the 2001 Under-20 World Cup, the footballer adds an extensive list of honors in which three editions of the Argentine Clausura stand out, one of the South American Cup, another of the Libertadores and two versions of the Recopa.
In 2010 he was chosen as the best South American footballer of the year by the annual survey carried out by the newspaper The country From Uruguay.