Lucas Ezequiel Viatri (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈlukaz ˈβjatɾi];[a] born 29 March 1987) is an Argentine footballer who plays as a striker for Peñarol.

Lucas Viatri
Personal information
Full name Lucas Ezequiel Viatri
Date of birth (1987-03-29) March 29, 1987 (age 32)
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Free Agent
Number 28
Youth career
Boca Juniors
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2014 Boca Juniors 131 (31)
2007Emelec (loan) 4 (0)
2007Maracaibo (loan) 9 (2)
2013–2014Chiapas (loan) 30 (9)
2014–2015 Shanghai Shenhua 12 (4)
2015Banfield (loan) 24 (4)
2016–2017 Estudiantes 25 (12)
2017–2019 Peñarol 57 (14)
National team
2010 Argentina 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 January 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12:50, 24 May 2011 (UTC)


Viatri started his playing career with loan spells with Emelec of Ecuador and Unión Atlético Maracaibo of Venezuela. He returned to Boca Juniors in 2008.

On 17 May 2008, Viatri made his debut with Boca in a game 2–1 victory over Racing Club. In August 2008 he was part of the squad that won the 2008 Recopa Sudamericana. Subsequently, during the Apertura 2008 he was a regular on the first team and helped them get the championship title by scoring 8 goals, one of them at the Superclásico.

On 2 July 2014, Viatri transferred to Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua.[1] On July 15, 2014 Viatri made his debut with Shanghai Shenhua in a China FA Cup game against Chongqing Lifan, he scored twice and made an assist to help the super league side won 3-0. Six days later, Viatri scored twice again to let Shenhua won 3-2 against Liaoning Whowin in a Chinese Super League game.

On 11 August 2017 Lucas was acquired by Peñarol, the biggest and most supported club in Uruguay.

International careerEdit

International appearances and goalsEdit

Criminal chargeEdit

In 2008, before his Boca Juniors debut, Viatri was detained for 30 days, accused of committing an armed robbery to a hairdressing salon.[4][5][6] Viatri was processed and subject to an oral proceeding. In the proceeding, the footballer agreed to a probation, and therefore was never sentenced guilty for the crime.

In 2009, the court that dealt with his case sentenced that he could not move outside Argentina before his probation finished, therefore thwarting his possibilities of transferring outside the country.[7]


Boca Juniors


  1. ^ In isolation, Lucas and Viatri are pronounced [ˈlukas] and [ˈbjatɾi] respectively.


  1. ^ "绿地申花官方宣布签两名外援". July 2, 2014. Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  2. ^ "Brasil y Argentina se enfrentarán en septiembre". FIFA. Archived from the original on October 15, 2012. Retrieved August 18, 2011.
  3. ^ "Acreditaciones de prensa para Argentina-Brasil". AFA. Retrieved August 29, 2011.
  4. ^ "Viatri: "Ojalá se cierre el caso"". La Nación (in Spanish). November 19, 2008. Retrieved October 31, 2010.
  5. ^ "Lucas Viatri accused of robbery". IM Scouting. November 19, 2008. Retrieved October 31, 2010.
  6. ^ "Boca striker Viatri accused of robbing hairdressers". ESPN Soccernet. November 18, 2008. Retrieved October 31, 2010.
  7. ^ Juan Carlos Narváez (July 22, 2009). "Lucas Viatri pierde la oportunidad de su vida por robar en una peluquería". Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved October 31, 2010.

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