From playing for River Plate to playing against Bilbao Athletic

Bilbao Athletic will have to face Burgos next Sunday in Almendralejo in the final for promotion to Second. The black and white team has in its ranks a footballer who knows what it is to play, among others, in a Club World Cup final against Messi, Luis Suárez and Neymar’s Barça. Marcelo Barovero is a very recognized goalkeeper at a football level both in Argentina and Mexico.

This 37-year-old goalkeeper from Buenos Aires defended River Plate’s goal in that final of the then-called ‘Mundialito’ in which the Barça team beat the Argentine champions 0-3. It is not the only component, in any case, of the Burgos squad with a past in the rojiblanco team. Leonardo Pisculichi, a 37-year-old attacking midfielder, was also part of the ‘millionaires’ squad.. His presence in Spanish football, in any case, is less striking because he also has his past in Mallorca.

The Barovero thing is much more striking. The Argentine goalkeeper was champion of the Libertadores, the Copa and Recopa Sudamericana with River Plate and the Concacaf Champions League with Monterrey, from Mexico, in addition to winning several domestic titles with Vélez, Necaxa and River itself. He was shortlisted several times by Sabella, but did not make his debut with the Argentine team, something that caused a serious debate in a soccer country par excellence.

His signing for Burgos caused a great surprise in his native country. Logical given their professional career as goalkeepers. From competing with one of the two greats of Argentina, he went on to the Spanish Second B after a four-year scale in two clubs in Mexico.

“Moving to Spain is an option that I and my family liked. Soccer is a medium that opened many doors for me and now it opens this to me. I start a new commitment, it is a little what I think, what I am looking for and I am happy. We are happy with these decisions, we wanted something more, ”Barovero told Argentine media shortly after his signing for Burgos was made official.

The fact that the owner of the Blaquinegro club is Antonio Caselli, a fan and former millionaire manager, and the presence of his former teammate Pisculichi in the Burgos squad was also transcendental for Barovero chose to accept an offer that economically, apparently, did not even reach 20% of what he was receiving at Monterrey: “That they are added, my representative also did his part. Having known people helps, with Piscu we have a similar way of walking ”. Burgos, seen what has been seen, has a goalkeeper