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Sergio Romero is a professional footballer, representing the national team of Argentina, playing in the position of the goalkeeper. He is also part of Manchester United of English Premier League.
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Romero debuted for Racing Club in 2007 Argentine Primera División, after which he moved to AZ, the Dutch club, when the season drew to its close. He earned the 2009 Eredivisie and after two years, he signed with the Italian team Sampdoria. In 2013, he was loaned to Monaco for the entire season. In 2015, he became part of Manchester United. He has the highest number of caps as a goalkeeper In Argentina’s soccer history, with more than 90 appearances since he debuted in 2009. He has gone on to play for Argentina in World Cup twice, as well as Copa América thrice, as his team finished in the place of the runner-up in World Cup 2014, besides playing in Copa América in 2015 and 2016. He was also a member of the squad that earned the 2008 Olympic Gold.
Romero started his youth career at Almirante Brown in 1996, and continued for one season only, before he joined CAI in 1997. He stayed associated with them till 2003, and then went on to sign with the youth team Racing Club in 2003, staying there till 2006.
Romero moved to Racing Club’s first team in 2006, as he debuted in the Primera División of Argentina. He stayed on the substitute bench all through the season of 2005. In the next season, he continued to be in the substitute bench. However, his first contract as a professional football player was signed with the club. In the 2007, Romero debuted for Racing Club in Matchday 1 of Torneo Apertura. The match ended in a 1–1 draw against Nueva Chicago.
But, during the next match, he lost his role as the first choice as a goalkeeper, and was forced to spend two months away from the match. A few weeks after he signed with AZ after his summer move, he made the first appearance within just two months in April 2007 in a match against Colón, which ended in a 1–1 tie. Following the injury of Campagnuolo, last appeared for the club in June 2007, in a match that resulted in a 4–2 victory over Godoy Cruz.
It was announced in March 2007 that Romero would be a part of AZ. Romero debuted in September 2007 in a match against Heracles Almelo, but a penalty shot conceded by him led to a loss of 2–1. In the next game, against Twente in February 2008, he led to the score being 0–0. He then became a regular in the team. In 2008–09, became a first choice goalkeeper. He had a streak of 950 clean minutes for AZ between November 2008 and February 2009. He signed a new contract with his team, to keep hi there till 2012. But in March 2009, failed to stop Nourdin Boukhari of NAC Breda and led to a loss of 2–1 in the KNVB Cup quarter-finals.
He reacted to this with angry punches on the door and walls of the changing room, and ended up breaking the bones in his hand. He was thus kept out for the rest of the season. He came back in April 2009. After the season, Romero made 31 appearances altogether. In 2009–10, Romero was rumoured to leave AZ, and was pursued by Juventus and Bayern Munich. But, he remained in the club during the summer. Romero started at Johan Cruyff Shield as he helped gain a win of 5–1 against Heerenveen and earned the title. He was present in the Matchday 1 of Champions League in the group stage, as his team lost to Olympiacos with a score of 1–0 loss against Olympiacos.
But, within a week, he got a knee injury that kept him out for a week. A week after that, he came back in October 2009, in a match that ended with a 1–0 victory over Breda. But, he was injured again in a match against Sparta Rotterdam in March 2010, He was soon declared to be sidelined for the rest of the season. In 2010–11, he debuted against NEC, and the scoreboard read 1-0. In September 2010, debuted in Europa League discussion,and lost by 1-4 against BATE Borisov. But, in February, he could not be part of the team because of his commitment to his national team. He returned in April 2011, and his team won by 1-0 against Feyenoord.
In August 2011, Romero joined Sampdoria for a transfer fee of €2.1 million for a contract of 4 years. He wanted to help the team return to Serie A. He debuted against Padova and it ended in a draw of 2–2. He had to miss many games due to his injury, suspensions and national commitment. At the end of the season, the team got promoted to Serie A. In the next season Romero debuted in Serie A against AC Milan. It was against speculated that he would soon shift, but the player dismissed it. From 2013–14 onward, he got loaned to Monaco. Romero debuted for AS Monaco in Coupe da La League in April 2014 debuted in the league, with a win of 1–0 win.
After coming back to Sampdoria, he debuted in October 2014, in a 2–2 tie with Cagliari Calcio. He received many propositions from different teams in 2014, and he never got to play again. So he was released soon, at the end of 2014-15.
In July 2015, Manchester United signed Romero, and it was a free transfer. It was a contract of three years. He debuted in Premier League in August 2015 and the match resulted in a 1–0 win over Tottenham Hotspur. He made two stunning saves, helping his team to win. He maintained a clean sheet in the first three league matches. De Gea’s return reduced Romero to a second choice goalkeeper. But he was the first choice in tournaments and competitions.
In the second season, he was still the first choice in competitions. Romero’s performance against Feyenoord which led to a 4-0 win was highly appreciated. After several clean sheets, including the Europa League matches, Romero refused to return to Boca Juniors. Was part of the final of 2017 Europa League, where he also conceded no goal, and the result was 2–0 against Ajax.
During his tenure, his team won the following titles:
Romero has been associated with Argentina since 2007 when he was part of the U20. He appeared in South American Youth Championship in 2007, as well as the FIFA U-20 World Cup and he was finally included in the first team to play in a friendlies against Norway and against Australia. He was called up for the Olympics. Before that, Romero participated in Toulon Tournament 2006, but his team was knocked out in Group Stage.
Romero got his call up to join the senior team by coach Diego Maradona, and he debuted in September 2009 in the qualifying round of 1–0 World Cup against Paraguay. He was in all five World Cup games. After the tournament, Romero’s position in World Cup was jeopardized due to injuries, but Romero recovered and became part of the team. In his first World Cup match, he kept a clean sheet.
Romero was a member of Copa América, and he maintained two clean sheets against Colombia and Costa Rica. In the semi-final match, he got the Man of the Match. He maintained a consistent performance in the tournament. During Copa América 2015, Romero saved a shot by Juan Camilo Zúñiga.
During his time, Argentina has won:
Romero was born in Bernardo de Irigoyen, Argentina. He has two siblings, one of whom, Diego, is a basketball player. He has been married to Eliana Guercio since2008.
The current market value of Romero is 6 million EUR. It was 7 EUR in 2011, and the lowest was 2 million EUR in 2014.
For his performances so far, he has received the UEFA Europa League Squad of the Season award of 2016–17.