Why Santi Giménez rejected the Argentine National Team and preferred to play with Mexico

Why Santi Giménez rejected the Argentine National Team and preferred to play with Mexico
Why Santi Giménez rejected the Argentine National Team and preferred to play with Mexico

Santiago Giménez debuted in the First Division in 2019 (Photo: José Méndez / EFE)

Santiago Gimenez is ready in case its services are required by the Mexican team. It all depends on the determination made in the case of Raul Jimenez. The attacker of Blue Cross is already in the High Performance Center (CAR) on the eve of the matches that will open the way to the world Cup.

Given the possible loss of the player of the Wolves, due to the sanitary restrictions observed by the Premier League, the options in attack were reduced. Gerardo Martino He made use of the two forwards who set the tone during the summer: Rogelio Funes Mori and Henry Martín.

Santi Giménez could join them, who lives a great present in Cruz Azul. Although Machine has not had the best collective start, the Baby he has been key with his goals to rescue results. The Wolverhampton He has not given his arm to twist: He does not want to give up Raúl despite the imminent fine from FIFA to which they will become creditors.

Chaquito was important for Cruz Azul in achieving the ninth star. (Photo: José Méndez / EFE / File)
Chaquito was important for Cruz Azul in achieving the ninth star. (Photo: José Méndez / EFE / File)

Giménez was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and that fact has not gone unnoticed by the Albiceleste recruiters. Fernando Batista, coach of the sub-23 who traveled to Tokyo 2020, declared that there was interest in recruiting Santi Giménez.

“Talk to Gio Reyna and with the son of Chaco Giménez, but hey, they opted for other teams “, mentioned the coach in an interview for TNT Sports. It should be noted that Argentina has had trouble finding prospects in attack. In recent years, Adolfo Gaich, Julián Álvarez and Federico Girotti They have been some of the refreshing names, but none have achieved full consolidation.

Chaquito A call with the senior team has already been part, but they have not yet seen minutes on the field. Martino called him for the friendly in September last year against Guatemala. The forward also gave the age to play the Olympic Games, but ultimately it was not considered by Jaime lozano. The possibility, however, remains latent: it will arrive at the right limit (23 years) for Paris 2024.

Chaco Giménez played with Argentina in selections with an age limit. Years later, he became a naturalized Mexican and played with El Tri. (Photo: Special)
Chaco Giménez played with Argentina in selections with an age limit. Years later, he became a naturalized Mexican and played with El Tri. (Photo: Special)

In that first call, the son of Christian Giménez stated his preference. “I feel more Mexican than Argentine. I love Argentina, I love Mexico, but I’ve been here since I was a kid. I would never say no to the National Team: it is the most beautiful thing to represent your country. Mexico since I was a child has opened its doors for me and I have to thank him for everything he has done for me ”, said the forward to ESPN.

Santi will follow in the footsteps of his father, who after obtaining the Mexican nationality represented the Tri in the playoffs heading to Brazil 2014.

The Bebote he has spent most of his life in Mexico. His father arrived in the country in 2004 to play for Veracruz, when Santi was three years old. The Chaco could not show his best version in America, but in Pachuca he won it all and in Cruz Azul He established himself as an idol of the cement hobby. That affinity with Machine It caused Santi to enter the Basic Forces of the club and have a meteoric rise until reaching the first team and making his debut in 2019.

Santiago Giménez was already called up last year for a friendly against Guatemala. (Photo: @miseleccionmx)
Santiago Giménez was already called up last year for a friendly against Guatemala. (Photo: @miseleccionmx)

In the lower of Machine, Chaquito established himself as one of the top scorers in all the categories in which he played. His conditions caught the attention of Thomas Boy, coach who took him to the club’s preseason in 2016, with just 15 years.

At that time there was talk of the possibility of seeing him play with his father, who held the captain’s badge and celestial idol status. However, the option could never be crystallized. Subsequently, Christian gimenez left the club in 2017 to return to Pachuca, where he ended his career.

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