Leonardo Roque Albano Gil (born 31 May 1991) is an Argentine-Chilean professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Al-Ittihad.

Leonardo Gil
Personal information
Full name Leonardo Roque Albano Gil
Date of birth (1991-05-31) 31 May 1991 (age 28)
Place of birth Río Gallegos, Argentina
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Al-Ittihad
Number 83
Youth career
Ferrocarril YCF
Boxing
2004–2009 CAI
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2013 CAI 60 (1)
2012–2013Olimpo (loan) 35 (5)
2013–2015 Olimpo 56 (1)
2015–2017 Estudiantes 28 (0)
2016–2017Talleres (loan) 29 (2)
2017–2020 Rosario Central 34 (1)
2020– Al-Ittihad 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:42, 17 May 2018 (UTC)

Club careerEdit

CAIEdit

Born in Río Gallegos, Santa Cruz, Gil finished his formation with CAI, after representing Atlético Boxing Club and CSyD Ferrocarril YCF.[1][2] He made his first team debut on 3 October 2009, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 1–0 Primera B Nacional home loss against Independiente Rivadavia.

Gil became a regular starter from the 2010–11 campaign onwards, as his side suffered two consecutive relegations.

OlimpoEdit

In July 2012, Gil moved to Olimpo in the second division,[3] initially on a one-year loan deal. He scored his first professional goal on 7 October, netting the only goal of the match in an away defeat of Boca Unidos.[4]

An undisputed starter, he contributed with five goals in 35 matches as his side achieved promotion to Primera División.[1] Bought outright during the pre-season, he made his top tier debut on 4 August 2013, starting in a 2–1 loss at San Lorenzo.[5]

Gil scored his first goal in the main category of Argentine football on 9 May 2014, netting the opener in a 3–1 home win against Godoy Cruz.[6]

Estudiantes and loan to TalleresEdit

On 8 January 2015, Gil agreed to a three-year contract with fellow first division side Estudiantes, for an US$ 1 million fee for 50% of his federative rights.[7] He made his debut for the club on 5 February, starting in a 1–0 Copa Libertadores away loss against Independiente del Valle.[8]

Gil never established himself as a regular starter, and was loaned to fellow league team Talleres on 19 July 2016, for one year,[9]

Rosario CentralEdit

On 29 July 2017, Gil agreed to a permanent four-year contract with Rosario Central.[10] He made his debut for the club on 26 August by starting in a 1–1 away draw against Colón,[11] and scored his first goal on 23 September by netting the opener in a 1–1 draw at Gimnasia La Plata.[12]

International careerEdit

Due to having a Chilean grandmother,[13] Gil is eligible to represent Chile as well as Argentina.[14][15] In 2015, Jorge Sampaoli wanted to nationalise Gil for Chile but he rejected in favour of pursuing chances with Argentina.[14][15]

Gil was called up by Argentina's under-20s in May 2011,[16] but never represented the side.

Career statisticsEdit

As of 14 January 2019.[17]
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
CAI 2009–10 Primera B Nacional 1 0 0 0 1 0
2010–11 33 0 0 0 33 0
2011–12[18] Torneo Argentino A 26 1 0 0 26 1
Subtotal 60 1 0 0 60 1
Olimpo 2012–13 Primera B Nacional 35 5 4 1 39 6
2013–14 Primera División 38 1 0 0 38 1
2014–15 18 0 1 0 19 0
Subtotal 91 6 5 1 96 7
Estudiantes 2015 Primera División 19 0 0 0 9[a] 0 2[b] 0 30 0
2016 9 0 0 0 9 0
Subtotal 28 0 0 0 9 0 2 0 39 0
Talleres (loan) 2016–17 Primera División 29 2 1 0 30 2
Rosario Central 2017–18 Primera División 22 0 2 0 1[c] 0 25 0
2018–19 12 1 5 0 17 1
Subtotal 34 1 7 0 1 0 42 1
Total 242 10 13 1 10 0 2 0 267 11
  1. ^ Appearance(s) in Copa Libertadores
  2. ^ Appearance(s) in Liguilla Pre Libertadores
  3. ^ Appearance(s) in Copa Sudamericana

HonoursEdit

Rosario Central

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "El "Colo" Gil es de Primera" ["Colo" Gil is from Primera] (in Spanish). Tiempo Sur. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  2. ^ "El "Colo" Gil, recibido como un campeón en Santa Cruz" ["Colo" Gil, received as a champion in Santa Cruz] (in Spanish). Taringa!. 21 June 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Leonardo Gil está a un paso de irse a Olimpo" [Leonardo Gil is close to moving to Olimpo] (in Spanish). El Patagónico. 4 July 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Olimpo le ganó 1–0 a Boca Unidos de Corrientes" [Olimpo defeated Boca Unidos de Corrientes by 1–0] (in Spanish). La Nueva Provincia. 7 October 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  5. ^ "San Lorenzo derrotó a Olimpo gracias a Cauteruccio" [San Lorenzo defeated Olimpo thanks to Cauteruccio] (in Spanish). ESPN Deportes. 4 August 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Olimpo venció a Godoy Cruz y se garantizó su estadía en 1º división" [Olimpo defeated Godoy Cruz and assured their stay in the 1st division] (in Spanish). ESPN Deportes. 9 May 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Pincha Colorado" (in Spanish). Olé. 8 January 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Independiente del Valle derrotó 1–0 a Estudiantes de La Plata en la Copa Libertadores" [Independiente del Valle defeated Estudiantes by 1–0 in the Copa Libertadores] (in Spanish). El Universo. 5 February 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Leonardo Gil, nuevo refuerzo de Talleres" [Leonardo Gil, new addition of Talleres] (in Spanish). CA Talleres. 19 July 2016. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Leonardo Gil ya es nuevo jugador Canalla" [Leonardo Gil already is the new player Canalla] (in Spanish). Rosario Central. 29 July 2017. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  11. ^ "Colón y Rosario Central igualaron en Santa Fe" [Colón and Rosario Central draw in Santa Fe] (in Spanish). ESPN Deportes. 26 August 2017. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  12. ^ "Rosario Central empató con Gimnasia en la Plata y ya suma tres fechas sin ganar" [Rosario Central draw with Gimnasia in La Plata and already reach three winless fixtures] (in Spanish). Infobae. 23 September 2018. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  13. ^ "Leonardo Gil: "Siento un compromiso por Chile"" [Leonardo Gil: "I feel a commitment with Chile"] (in Spanish). La Tercera. 20 October 2016. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  14. ^ a b "Volante argentino sería la nueva obsesión de Sampaoli para la Roja" [Argentine midfielder would be Sampaoli's new obsession for la Roja] (in Spanish). La Tercera. 22 August 2015. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  15. ^ a b "El Colo Gil, de Talleres: Uno siempre se ilusiona con ir a la selección" [Colo Gil, from Talleres: One always dreams of going to the national team] (in Spanish). Mundo D. 30 May 2017. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  16. ^ "Leonardo Gil fue convocado a la preselección argentina Sub 20" [Leonardo Gil was called up for the Argentine under-20 pre-squad] (in Spanish). El Patagónico. 29 May 2011. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  17. ^ "Leonardo Gil" (in Spanish). ESPN Deportes. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  18. ^ Leonardo Gil at BDFA (in Spanish). Retrieved 14 January 2019.

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