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Football’s Rising Stars – Luciano Vietto

Luciano Vieto is another hot and young prospect to emerge from Argentine football. He is currently making a name for himself in the Spanish top flight and is likely to be in contention for a spot in the Argentina national team for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Playing style

Vietto is a well-rounded forward who is adept at dropping deep, dribbling the ball through the opposition defences and shooting with both feet. He is capable of playing one-touch passes and moving well in space to create goalscoring chances.

Future at Atletico Madrid

Diego Simeone brought Vietto to the Vicente Calderon in 2015 after the continued brilliant performances from his countryman while he was at Villarreal. However, Atletico Madrid had a number of forwards in the 2015/16 campaign and as such Vietto’s time in the first team was curtailed.

In search of regular action, Vietto moved on loan to Sevilla and has continued performing at a high level at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, having notched four goals from nine league games thus far. With Fernando Torres not getting any younger and Kevin Gameiro only being a short-term reinforcement Vietto is likely to get a chance to impress at Atletico Madrid soon.

Prospects with the national team

Vietto made his debut for the Argentina Under-20 national team in January 2013 against Chile and scored his first goal for the side a few days later against Paraguay. He has since played four matches for the Under-20 side and has two goals against his name.

However, the 22-year-old has yet to receive a call up to the national team. Argentina have a embarrassment of riches up front with the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Ezeuiel Lavezzi being the favoured men in the striker department. Juventus forward Paulo Dybala has made rapid strides and has already earned six caps for the national team. And the fact that Dybala is just 23, he is likely to be with La Albiceleste for a long time to come.

The competition for a spot in Edgardo Bauza’s team is fierce and in order to stake a claim for inclusion Vietto will need to play at a high level week in and week out. However, there is no doubt about his potential and if continues to develop under Jorge Sampaoli chances are he will soon be considered by Bauza.

Achievements so far

  • Vietto was named La Liga Player of the Month in December 2014 for scoring three goals when he was plying his trade for Villarreal.
  • He finished joint top with Dyamo Kiev’s Andriy Yarmolenko for most assists (6) in the 2014/15 Europa League campaign even though the Yellow Submarine went out of the tournament at the round of 16 stage.

Interesting fact

  • He was released by Estudiantes after a two-year stint at the club and signed for Racing Club after being rejected by Rosario Central following a trial.
  • At Racing Club, Vietto received his first call up to the national by then club manager Simeone. The Atletico Madrid boss would ultimately bring him to Vicente Calderon from Villarreal in the summer of 2015.