Throughout the history of soccer, there were Argentine players with Chilean kinship who decided to nationalize and represent the trans-Andean country. This is the current case of Gabriel Arias, Racing goalkeeper, and many others who chose to play for La Roja: Rodolfo Almeyda, Ernesto Álvarez, Jorge Spedaletti, Óscar Fabbiani, Sergio Vargas, Daniel Pérez, Gustavo Canales, Pablo Hernández, Marcelo Larrondo -although it did not debut- and Leandro Benegas did too.
In line with these antecedents, in the last hours, a soccer player from our country who plays for Colo-Colo expressed his desire to wear the colors of Chile. This is Leonardo Gil, former Rosario Central y Olimpo midfielder, who already has nationality since his maternal grandmother was born in Chilean territory and even has relatives living there.
Although he was called up for the Argentine youth team in 2011, he could be cited by Martín Lasarte without problems. In fact, in May of this year, the coach of La Roja selected him to be part of a micro-cycle of training thinking about the Qualifiers for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
Colo-Colo figure in the current season and champion of the Chilean Cup, it would not be unreasonable to think of a call.
The “Cacique” defeated Everton (2-0) for the local championship on Tuesday, with the Argentine as the main figure: he assisted in the first goal and scored the second, reaffirming his great present. At the end of the game, Gil himself admitted his desire to be summoned to the Chilean team, although he kept his feet on the ground.
“You work day by day for that. I know there are great players in the national team and that they do very well, so you have to keep working. If the call arrives happy, and if it is not necessary to continue the same, “said the midfielder with a past in the” aurinegro “of Bahía Blanca.