Cristian Pavón to join Olympique Marseille from Boca Juniors


Cristian Pavón is set to join Olympique Marseille from Boca Juniors.

The 25 year old will reportedly be making the jump over to Europe as several reports out of Argentina are stating that he will be joining Marseille. Per the reports, the winger will join Jorge Sampaoli’s team on a season long loan with the Ligue 1 club having the option of purchasing him for 6 million.

Pavón spent the 2019-2020 season out on loan at MLS club Los Angeles Galaxy where he scored 14 goals in 35 games. He took part in Boca’s 0-0 draw vs. Union on Friday.

With the Argentina national team, Pavón has played 11 matches and even took part in all four of Argentina’s 2018 World Cup games in Russia. The coach at the time would be his new coach, Jorge Sampaoli. His last match for Argentina came in September of that year.


  1. This is a good move for Pavon be it loan or buy..would be ideal something works for Pastore as well – i still see the closest to Messi would be Pastore and we need him..technically Pastore is more gifted than Lo Celso, Lanzini, Lamela etc..Buendia to be seen..

    I hope Pastore has got his calf and hip iron strong now..hope he makes an impact with a new club..

  2. I have been watching Pavon for a long time and always was hoping he releases his full potential…
    I think with a good coach he could’ve been a very talented winger…
    He is still only 25 I hope the best for him… I think we need to consider him too.. As we had a lot of issues on that left wing…

    I really don’t know what was up with Nico Gonzalez he is not back at his best…

    But Scaloni made very good decisions for example by leaving Ocampos back… I think the Argentina players know now that’s it’s gonna be a very tough way to play for Scaloni…
    He takes inform players only who are delivering….

    Competition is very good right now to get a spot in NT…

    I really hope Dybala, Foyth, Senesi and Nico Dominguez can show some of their potential…

  3. Sampaoli must really rate Pavon if he insisted on him. Good luck to him but in terms of his type of player we currently have Angel Correa, Buendia, Nico Gonzales and other who can play on the wing.

    • Pavon is a fast off the ball player, who work hard and runs the channels very well, not the best with the ball, but can score a lot of goals with a lot of assist too (not cause his passing skills is so exceptionel rather due the timing and speed) most closest player to him is Nico Gonzalez who is maybe a better goalscorer (in form), but not so good assister. Others are different types.

  4. It’s so boring Args main stream players are not available for olimpics. Y these clubs are holding youngsters..In prev olimpics same issue team faced. Thr participation is just a formality. Team not mentally prepared bcz of tht..

    • Is it really teams holding “our players”? How did Brazil have almost a full squad in the last two Olympics. The Brazilian players (Neymar) don’t take B.S. from their squad. Maybe our players need to be like Carlos Tevez. He didn’t take it from any club not having his best interests.

  5. Scaloni Need to use dybala at his best age. He is in right time to play for Arg. Scaloni plz use his talent as many as possible..If he played in first11 or not

  6. In wiki TOMAS BELMONTE is a Leeds player. Can you guys please tell me whether TOMAS BELMONTE is a Leeds player or not. I want more Argentine young players to come to europian clubs to show their worth, and that’s why I like sampaoli much more than bielsa and mr millionaire simione. But I really think this time FAUSTO VERA, JULIAN ALVAREZ, EZEQUIEL BARCO should be getting chance in big europian clubs.

    • Fausto Vera is too slow and relatively weak in defense .He didn’t improve too much from u20 world cup . McAllister definitely is better at the moment . F VERA isn’t DM nor attacking midfield which make him difficult to play abroad.

    • Juan Alvarez is a bit better than Fausto Vera. But physically he isn’t strong enough also a little bit slow .However most of argentina youngster aren’t strong and fast enough despite skillful.

    • Tomas Belmonte is fast but slim and relatively weak in dribbling .As a DM he needs to strengthen his body .His team mate Julian Aude is more promising .Hopefully T belmonte can go abroad to gain some experience. He will be a useful player but not top class

    • E Barco is the best of all you mentioned . He doesn’t lack of speed and skill but just too small .Actually I think under 170cm @height will be difficult to attract buyers in europe.

  7. Cristian Romero has hit new heights for both Atalanta and Argentina over the past year
    Cristian Romero has hit new heights for both Atalanta and Argentina over the past year
    Cristian Romero is hot property this summer — and Premier League clubs are vying to snap up the Argentine star.

    Manchester United and Tottenham are believed to be at the front of the queue for the Juventus centre-back, who is midway through a two-year loan at fellow Serie A side Atalanta.

    As interest in the £39million-rated defender reaches fever pitch, we investigate why Romero is top target for a host of clubs.

    Atalanta are set to make a significant profit on Romero, with the Bergamo-based club ready to take advantage of a £13.6m option to buy in his loan deal.

    The 23-year-old still has another season with La Dea remaining but they are keen to activate their clause a year early before selling Romero on at a significantly higher price.

    After the five-cap international boosted his reputation by winning this summer’s Copa America with Argentina, that fee could reach up to a whopping £51m with add-ons.

    Juventus must regret letting Romero leave on loan last season.

    He helped his new club finish third, above his parent side, as Atalanta secured Champions League qualification.

    The Cordoba-born defender was a key part of a defence that conceded the fourth fewest goals in Italy (47) in 2020-21 and kept 11 clean sheets across the campaign.

    It was a similar story at the Copa America, where Argentina recorded shutouts in the two group matches Romero started, before thwarting Brazil in the final when he returned to the team after a mid-tournament injury.

    Cristian Romero typically defended high up the pitch while playing for Atalanta last season

    The numbers behind Romero’s 2020-21 season paint a picture of a player who has excelled in almost every key area.

    Atalanta conceded a paltry 5.41 shots from inside the box per 90 minutes when he was on the pitch, with just 15 players in Serie A posting a better defensive record.

    Only Torino’s Lyanco (5.05) won back possession more times in the defensive third than Romero (4.92) per 90, while he also ranks second for interceptions (3.39) behind Hellas Verona defender Koray Gunter (3.51) — though these statistics will be influenced by Atalanta’s high intensity pressing style.

    He was also particularly effective in the air, placing 13th in Italy’s top flight for aerial duels won with 3.96 per 90.

    Most of Cristian Romero’s passes have been to his fellow centre-backs or into central midfield.
    Romero’s strengths extend beyond simply the defensive side of the game.

    The Atalanta No17 is also an astute operator with an excellent passing range, as Forza Italian Football’s Conor Clancy explained last month.
    He said: “He has been phenomenal as he won the MVP award for the best defender in Serie A but he is also one of the most deceptively dirty players.

    “However, when he has the ball, his distribution and passing is so, so good.
    “Romero can pick out a 50-yard pass onto the foot of a striker perfectly but it is something that goes a little bit unnoticed because his defensive work is so good and he is a top, top defender.”

    Next stop England
    Barcelona and Liverpool have previously been linked with Romero but have already secured reinforcements at centre-back in Eric Garcia and Ibrahima Konate.

    That should leave the way clear for Tottenham and Manchester United — though the Red Devils are only likely to make a move if they miss out on first-choice Raphael Varane.

    With Spurs in the market for two centre-backs this summer, the smart money is on the Argentine heading to North London before the transfer window slams shut.

    Nuno Espirito Santo’s side will certainly be pulling off a major coup if they can bring Romero to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

    • Cristian Romero statistic with Argentina
      – 5 games 3 clean sheet, 3 wins, 2 draws.
      – Argentina conceded a total of 2 goals while he was on the pitch and scored 6 goals (So 6-2 in goal difference)
      – Among those 2 goals, one of them was a Muriel’s PK due to Otamendi’s foul
      – Score 1 goal in 5 games.

      In Copa America:
      – 3 games, 3 clean sheets, 1 Copa America trophy.
      No wonder why he was among the team of the tournament.

      Emi Martinez stats:
      – 8 games, 5 clean sheets.
      – Conceded 3 goals, Argentina scored 11 times so it is 11-3
      – In 8 games he played Argentina won 6 times and draw 2 times
      – 4 penalty saves!
      – 1 Man of the match
      – The game against Colombia that ended 2-2 is counted as a clean sheet for Emi as it was Marchesin that conceded 2 goals not Emi.

      What a dream start for our 2 new super stars!

  8. Please tell me where can I get to watch Argentina’s Olympic matches in India. Sony seems to be broadcasting Olympic in India but I went through their schedules (Sony tv) , but nothing has been mentioned, whether Sony will broadcast football matches of Argentina.

  9. Good for pavon. Hope he makes it count. Anyway far away from NT radar, but at 25 he still has enough time to have a solid long term Europe career. Pavon was the best MLS player in last season with LA Galaxy. I like Sampa for this fact that Argentines getting opportunity. He genuinely tried almada… but velez ask could not be matched by marseille.

    • Yes it is a big shame about Almada. Hope Samp looks to other Argentinian options because they certainly exist (zaracho for instance). Hope he stays at Marseille enough time to get at least a couple other players out there.

      • Oh yes. Zaracho was picked by sampa in miniero. So good chance in near future. Hoping bielsa breaks this pattern of no argentine recruits. If a couple of young talent reaches him that will be awesome growth. Hearing lanus belmonte has some leeds interest. Not sure how genuine it is.

  10. Very impressive game from Anibal Moreno tonight. Cleaning up everything, head movement very nice, quick touches, and every pass decision was correct as far as I remember. Too bad he was not released to Batista’s squad.
    Of course Racing result not going their way. Pizzi not having the finishing power yet from his frontline, but team looking very…how shall I say? european? compact and patient.

    • Shame he couldnt make it for olympics also considering Batista had him radar . Looked a depaul kind of modern midfielder. Payero, gallopo, moreno blossoming will mean a world of good for our future NT midfield.

  11. Angel Correa should be answer for Argentina’s Left Wing. Angel Correa,De Paul,Emi Buendai these players have good work rate and they also have good skills in them. They should always be in the team.
    When I saw Atalanta vs Inter C. Romero easily handled Lautaro Martinez so I think any good CB will do same to Lautaro Martinez so Dybla and Alario are needed in national team.Argentina midfield is one of the best so they need a good striker. Argentina vs Italy, Argentina will win.

    • Cristian Romero can handle anyone in the world so easily. That’s why he’s been selected straight into Argentina starting X1. Otherwise for youngsters it will take somany matches to win that spot.
      Also..don’t underestimate Nicolas Gonzalez…he’s going to be a huge player when WC arrives. He has be a great player.

  12. For the upcoming wc qualifiers:
    >I think Angileri should be given a chance at left back. Tagliafico is not good, acuna is good but I think Angileri is in very good form and should be given a chance.
    >At rb Foyth or Molina should be used. Foyth is a good player, I hope he regain the confidence that he needs also he will be playing in the champions league. Montiel is not a good player, in the final it was scaloni’s tactics to use de paul and di maria to cover the right side that helped him, and we all have seen montiel throughout the copa how poor he was.
    >At cb I think senesi should be given a chance alongside cuti. Ota has performed really well in the copa but I’m not sure if he can continue at this level till wc.
    >Licha Martinez should be used as a defensive midfielder. I think he has all the ability to perform good in that position.

    • yes ,the main problem remains the right back . Molina is ok but need to improve his defense .Foyth is good at defense but didn’t involve in attack . Montiel is not top class at the moment . This position argentina really need new blood .

      I recommend two players from local league , Marcelo weihtgan from boca and Eric Meza from Colon . Foyth needs to be recruited as he is all round ,Molina also

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