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The Argentines who marked the history of PSG before Messi’s arrival

The Argentines who marked the history of PSG before Messi’s arrival

Before the announced arrival in Paris, this Tuesday, of Lionel Messi, PSG has had in its ranks 16 Argentine footballers, several of whom marked the history of the French capital club.

Carlos Bianchi, the scorer (1977-1979)

One of the first to stand out in the young history of PSG. Arrived from Reims in 1977, Carlos Bianchi spent only two seasons in the capital, but his performance was fantastic. Between 1977 and 1979, he was the top scorer in the French championship twice (71 goals in total).

Gabriel Heinze, from friend to enemy (2001-2004)

In the list of Argentines who passed through Paris, it is not certain that Gabriel Heinze has left a good memory among the fans. The defender was one of the players who later joined the arch enemy, Olympique de Marseille, very few years after his departure from the capital. Before, “Gabi” Heinze played three seasons wearing the PSG shirt, along with Pochettino in particular. In 2004 he went to England, to Manchester United, but then returned to France, to OM, in 2009. In October of that year, he scored with a header the decisive goal in the classic against Paris (1-0).

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Juan Pablo Sorín, the invincible (2003-2004)

Arrived in 2003, the long-haired left-back was only there for one season, but that was enough to maintain the sympathy of the fans to this day. In 26 games played, “Juampi” went undefeated. With him, the team finished second in the championship and won the French Cup against OM at their Vélodrome stadium, thanks to a header from Sorín. The Argentine left Paris at the end of the season, mainly because of his difficult relationship with Bosnian coach Vahid Halilhodzic.

Javier Pastore, the darling of the Parc des Princes (2011-2018)

Upon his arrival in 2011, Javier Pastore was at that time the most expensive player in the club’s history (42 million euros, just over 49 million dollars at the current exchange rate) from the Italian Palermo) and the first star of the QSI era ( Qatar Sports Investments). Quickly, ‘el Flaco’ drives fans crazy thanks to his delicate technique. His slalom in the middle of the Chelsea defense, in the first leg of the 2014 Champiosn League quarter-final, will continue to be the midfielder’s best moment in Paris. His recurring injuries have been the great black point of his career.

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Angel Di María, the assistant (since 2015)

Arrived in the middle of the season in 2015, after half at Manchester United, Di María has thrived in Paris, although his seasons have not always been regular. The precision with his left foot and some high-level goals, such as his double against FC Barcelona in the first leg of the knockout stages of the 2017 Champions League, made him essential. And, Di María stands out above all for his ability to assist his teammates, so much so that at the end of last season he became the greatest passer in the club’s history, ahead of Bosnian Safet Susic, with 105 decisive assists in 264 matches.

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Mauricio Pochettino, from defense (2001-2003) to coach (since January 2021)

After six years at Espanyol de Barcelona, ​​Pochettino signed for PSG in January 2001. In a season and a half he won the already canceled Intertoto Cup (2001) and became team captain in his second season, but lost the final. of the French Cup against Auxerre. Twenty years later, he returned to Paris as a coach, replacing the German Thomas Tuchel. His first half-season at the club has been uneven, PSG reached the semi-finals of the Champions League for the second year in a row, but lost the French champion title (Ligue 1) to the benefit of Lille. (AFP)

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