Julián Álvarez is an Argentinian professional football player who plays for Manchester City in the Premier League. He generally plays as a striker but he has also played as a winger in a few games. The young star started his football career at River Plate in 2016.
After playing for Los Millonarios for five years, he signed a deal of five and a half years with Manchester City in early 2022. As of now, Julián has appeared in more than 10 games.
Julián made his international debut in 2021 and scored his first international goal in the same year. Now, he has been included in Argentina’s squad for the 2022 World Cup.
Julián Álvarez Biography
|Age||22 years (January 31, 2000)|
Julián Alvarez Began His Football Career At River Plate
Alvarez started his football journey at the domestic club River Plate. Before joining River Plate, Julián tried joining Real Madrid and Boca Juniors. He went to a youth tournament for Real Madrid and scored two goals in five games, but he was unable to join the club because of age limitations. After that, he signed with River Plate in 2016. Two years later, he was selected for the main squad by manager Marcelo Gallardo.
He made his first appearance for River Plate against Club Atlético Aldosivi on 27 October 2018 in the Primera División. He entered the field as a substitute in the 64th minute replacing Marcelo. River Plate won the game by 1-0.
His second appearance for the club was against Boca Juniors in the 2018 Copa Libertadores final. River Plate won the match in a tie-breaker as both teams scored 1-1 in the regular 90 minutes and extra time as well.
Julian Alvarez scored his first goal on 17 March 2019 against Independiente which they won by 3-0. During the 2019 Copa Argentina Final, Julián scored a goal against Central Córdoba in their 3-0 win.
In the following year, he scored five goals in six Copa Libertadores group-stage games. In a match against Alianza Lima in the 2022 Copa Libertadores, he scored six goals leading his team’s 8-1 victory.
Julián Alvarez Joined Manchester City
Alvarez signed a contract of five and half years with Manchester City on On 31st January 2022 but had to stay with River Plate on loan until July. After his loan ended, he joined Manchester City and played his first match on 30th July against Liverpool in the FA community shield. City lost the game with a 1-3 margin.
Julián made his Premier League debut on 7th August against West Ham and he came to the field as a replacement for Erling Haaland. They won the match by 2-0. In the same month, he scored his first Premier League goal against Nottingham Forest which they won by 6-0.
During the 2022/23 Premier League season, Julián made 12 appearances and played for 356 minutes.
Julián Álvarez International Games
He was picked for the Argentina national under-20 teams in 2018 and was called to train with the main squad at the FIFA World Cup. In the same year, Julián was selected to play in the upcoming South American Under-20 tournament. In the following May, he was called by Fernando Batista to display his skills in the 2019 FIFA Under-20 World Cup.
In the group stage of the championship, they faced South Africa where he scored a goal in the 78th minute out of his team’s five goals. Julian Alvarez played in four matches of the tournament.
Later on, Alvarez was selected for Argentina’s national under-23 team to play in the 2020 CONMEBOL Pre-Olympic Tournament. On January 31, 2020, they faced Venezuela where Julián scored his first goal of the tournament. Argentina won the match by 4-1.
He appeared in six more games before reaching the final stage. In the last match, they faced Brazil and lost the game conceding three goals. However, Argentina won the tournament as they had the highest points i.e., 6, and Brazil came second with 5 points.
On 3 June 2021, Julián made his first appearance for the Argentina main squad in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier playing against Chile. Julián scored his first goal for the senior team on 29th March 2022 in a match against Ecuador. Their match ended up in a 1-1 draw.
In 2022, Julian Alvarez was included in Argentina’s World Cup squad. He made his world cup debut in their opening game against Saudi Arabia which they lost by 1-2.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Continental||Other||Total|
|River Plate||2018–19||Argentine Primera División||5||1||1||0||—||1||0||1||0||8||1|
|2019–20||Argentine Primera División||7||0||3||1||2||0||5||1||—||17||2|
|2020||Argentine Primera División||10||2||3||1||1||1||11||5||—||25||9|
|2021||Argentine Primera División||35||20||—||—||10||2||1||2||46||24|
|River Plate (loan)||2022||Argentine Primera División||17||11||1||1||0||0||8||6||0||0||26||18|
|Manchester City||2022–23||Premier League||12||3||0||0||1||1||6||2||1||1||20||7|