Jonathan Calleri plays with the number 12 on his back in tribute to the La Bombonera stand, the Boca Juniors stadium, his team in Argentina. He took him to Sao Paulo, Brazil, when he left the Buenos Aires team. From there he went to West Ham, where he had played one of his references, Carlos Tevez, and then reinforced the UD Las Palmas, before calling at the Alavés at zero cost. The club from Vitoria will only have to pay 250,000 euros if it stays in First.
The colors of Boca take them for life, and he said he would never play in River, the great rival, but his contract belongs to an investment group that paid 12 million euros to the Argentine club for their rights. Calleri goes from club to club, given in a maelstrom that has not devoured him despite being only 25 years old and has already played in four elite teams, with unequal fortune. At the moment it has become one of the pillars of Abelardo in Alavés, with which he has already scored two goals in four games as a forward, although he, as a child, wanted to be a goalkeeper.
"I played in Miter. Since I was little and height did not give me, and I liked to stop and leave with my feet, my old man, Guillermo, put me on the wheel, "Calleri said in an interview for the disappeared Argentine weekly The graphic. His father was the All Boys coach, his first team. The relationship between the two was difficult when Jonathan was just a child. His mother, Bettina, did not understand it: "How can you not put him on if he is your son?" She said to her husband. "Then I also understood that I did not put on."
Guillermo, the father, recommended that he sign for another club, but he decided to stay: "I preferred to enjoy with my friends. As I continued to train, I was sure that the opportunity was going to appear. " In the end he ended up playing, for perseverance. He debuted in a Copa game in August 2013. The following year, All Boys descended. He owed money to Boca Juniors, who, as compensation, was left with 30% of Calleri's rights. A goal that marked River made the xeneizes notice him for the first team.
Then came everything else: learning with Tévez, number 12 of Sao Paulo and the long trip to Europe. Now, his first big game in Mendizorroza: "Madrid can replace Cristiano with others, but he is a hierarchical player that today they need. If there is an opportunity to beat them, this is it, "says the Argentine footballer. "It's an extra motivation to play against this type of team and an opportunity to show and show the world that Alavés can play against any opponent," he says.
Calleri says he tries to adapt to the game of the team and to Vitoria after so many changes, and although he has arrived as a figure, "I do not feel important, everyone contributes his bit and what is important here is the team". Against Madrid will have an opportunity to claim their number 12, the tier of the Bombonera de Boca.