Nicolás Alejandro Tagliafico (born 31 August 1992) is an Argentine footballer who plays as a left back for Eredivisie club Ajax. Because of his "lung-busting stamina, excellent technique and continuous enterprise", as well as his playing position and club, he has been compared to the Internazionale and Argentina full-back Javier Zanetti, formerly also of Banfield.
|Full name||Nicolás Alejandro Tagliafico|
|Date of birth||31 August 1992|
|Place of birth||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Playing position||Left back|
|2012–2013||→ Murcia (loan)||27||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 May 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2 July 2019
Tagliafico made his professional debut for Banfield on a 2−1 away victory against Tigre for the fifth fixture of the 2011 Clausura, coming on as a substitute on the 72nd minute. Due to Marcelo Bustamante's ban, he was a starter the following game, a 2−2 draw with Huracán. In 2012, Tagliafico signed a one-year loan deal with Spanish club Real Murcia.
In 2015, he made the move to Independiente for an undisclosed transfer fee and made his professional debut for the club during a 3−2 away win at Newell's Old Boys. Tagliafico would end up captaining the team that won the 2017 Copa Sudamericana.
Tagliafico has played in all the youth categories of the Argentine national team: under-15, under-17 and under-20. Tagliafico impressed for the Argentina national under-20 football team at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia; however, he missed Argentina's final kick in the quarter-final penalty shoot-out against Portugal, meaning Argentina exited that competition 5-4 on penalties (Cartagena, 13 August 2011).
- As of match played 6 April 2019
|2013–14||Primera B Nacional||34||0||2||1||–||0||0||36||1|
|Real Murcia (loan)||2012–13||Segunda División||27||0||1||0||–||–||28||0|
- Statistics accurate as of match played 2 July 2019.
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