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Maximiliano Samuel Romero (born 9 January 1999) is an Argentine footballer who plays as a centre forward for PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie and their youth team Jong PSV in the Eerste Divisie.

Maximiliano Romero
Personal information
Full name Maximiliano Samuel Romero
Date of birth (1999-01-09) 9 January 1999 (age 20)
Place of birth Moreno, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Centre forward
Club information
Current team
PSV
Number 10
Youth career
2005–2015 Vélez Sarsfield
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2017 Vélez Sarsfield 40 (9)
2018– PSV 1 (0)
2018– Jong PSV 7 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:29, 7 December 2018 (UTC)

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Club careerEdit

Velez SarsfieldEdit

Before making his professional debut, the Argentine forward was close to being transferred to English side Arsenal F.C., for a reported €6 million fee.[1][2] However, after suffering a knee cruciate ligament injury in a reserves game in 2015 he stayed with Vélez. Again in 2016 Arsenal were rumoured to be interested in Romero, however nothing came of it.[3]

Romero debuted for Vélez at age 17, entering the field in a 0–1 defeat to Sarmiento for the first fixture of the 2016 Argentine Primera División.[4] He also entered the field in the 2–1 victory against Olimpo for the following fixture, in which he scored his first professional goal. He finished his first professional season with 11 appearances (5 as a starter) and 3 goals. During the 2016–17 Argentine Primera División, Romero was mainly a substitute for Mariano Pavone. He managed to score two goals in 19 games (seven starts).[5]

The forward had a successful start to the 2017–18 Argentine Primera División, scoring a double in each of the first two games of the season (3–0 and 2–0 victories against Tigre and Atlético Tucumán, respectively). He also assisted Federico Andrada to score the winning goal in the team's victory against Aldosivi for the round of 32 of the 2016–17 Copa Argentina.[6]

PSV EindhovenEdit

On 21 December 2017, PSV Eindhoven announced Romero would join the club in the January transfer window. The Dutch team signed Romero for €10.5 million and he signed a 5½-year deal.[7] Romero was officially presented as a PSV player on 16 January and the club confirmed he would wear the number 22 shirt. It was later announced, that the deal only was a six-month loan deal, followed by a permanent contract from the summer of 2018. Romero was part of the PSV squad that won the Dutch Eredivisie in the 2017–18 season. However due to multiple injuries and the birth of his son, he did not make a single appearance.

Romero made his first PSV appearance on 11 August 2018, coming on as a substitute against Utrecht. His next appearance did not come until 28 November in the Champions League which was again as a substitute, against FC Barcelona. PSV lost the game 2–1 and were eliminated from the competition's group stage.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

On 21 March 2018, Romero’s partner Florencia Salazar gave birth to the couple’s first child, Benjamín.

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 4 December 2017[9]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Vélez Sarsfield 2016 Primera División 11 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 13 3
2016–17 19 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 23 2
2017–18 10 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 4
Total 40 9 6 0 0 0 0 0 46 9
PSV 2017–18 Eredivisie 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 40 9 6 0 0 0 0 0 46 9

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Arsenal close to deal for Velez Sarsfield's Maximiliano Romero". ESPN FC. 5 August 2015. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  2. ^ "El juvenil del Fortín, de 16 años, fue vendido a la Premier League, pero se quedará dos temporadas más en Argentina a préstamo. ¿Llegará a debutar?". Goal.com (in Spanish). 2 April 2015. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  3. ^ Guillermo Tagliaferri (5 May 2015). "La joya de Vélez que pretendía el Arsenal inglés sufrió una grave lesión". Clarín (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  4. ^ "'16 Transition statistics". Argentine Soccer. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  5. ^ "2016/17 tournament statistics". Argentine Soccer. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Vélez sigue en buena racha: venció a Atlético Tucumán". ESPN (in Spanish). 9 September 2017. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  7. ^ "PSV reach agreement with Velez Sarsfield over Romero move". 21 December 2017.
  8. ^ [hhttps://www.psv.nl/english-psv/news/article/maximiliano-romero-unveiled-at-psv.htm "Maximiliano Romero unveiled at PSV"]. 17 April 2018.
  9. ^ "M. Romero". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 15 January 2018.

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