Joaquin Correa and Nicolas Gonzalez were ruled out due to injuries on Thursday and it was announced that Angel Correa will replace Gonzalez in the Qatar World Cup. But now the second replacement has also been announced as Almada will be flying to the Gulf country to have a taste of the World Cup.
“He called me crying and screaming, telling me about his call up,” Almada’s father told Radio La Red after it was announced.
Thiago Almada currently holds the record for the highest transfer fee in MLS history after his $16 million move to Atlanta United from Argentine outfit Velez Sarsfield last year. He has scored 7 goals in 31 matches for the MLS club and has 7 assists to his name as well.
He is primarily an attacking midfielder who can play on the right side of the wing as well. The player is blessed with pace and has a blistering acceleration to go past defenders and take a shot. He can also play a roaming role to serve more as a playmaker. With Argentina’s midfield options, there may be sporadic opportunities for Almada in the coming weeks.
He has so far played just once for Argentina, which was an international friendly against South Korea last July.
Argentina start their campaign against Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.