Lucas Ocampos playing for Monaco
|Full name||Lucas Ariel Ocampos|
|Date of birth||11 July 1994|
|Place of birth||Quilmes, Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Genoa (on loan from Marseille)|
|2015||→ Marseille (loan)||14||(2)|
|2016–||→ Genoa (loan)||12||(2)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 January 2017.
Lucas Ariel Ocampos (born 11 July 1994) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a winger for Serie A side Genoa, on loan from Marseille. Ocampos began his senior career in Argentina with River Plate before joining Monaco for a Ligue 2 record fee of €11 million in 2012. He spent two-and-a-half seasons in the principality and was nominated for the European Golden Boy award before joining Marseille in 2015, from whom he is currently on loan at Genoa.
Ocampos started playing football at the academy of Quilmes at the age of six where he first played as a striker. It was with Quilmes that Ocampos was spotted by River Plate. In a youth match against the Buenos Aires-based club Ocampos scored twice, prompting the management at River to follow his progression. They completed his signing after the U15 Sudamericano in which Ocampos thrived for Argentina, signing him on a 50% co-ownership deal with Quilmes.
Ocampos' first opportunity with River Plate's senior side came in 2011 following the club's relegation to the Nacional B for the first time in their history. He was awarded his first-team debut by manager Matías Almeyda on 16 August 2011, aged 17, against Chacarita Juniors and scored his first goal for the club in the following match, netting River's first goal in a 3–1 win over Independiente Rivadavia. Ocampos and Almeyda's paths had previously crossed at Quilmes where Almeyda had been a player at the time of the Ocampos' arrival at the academy. Ocampos soon established himself as a regular in the starting eleven and was instrumental in River securing the club's promotion back to the Primera División, ending the season with 7 goals to his name in 38 appearances. His form throughout the season had also seen him named by FIFA as one of the Players to Watch in 2012. He made his Primera División debut on the opening day of the following season against Belgrano. It would be his final appearance for the club, however, as on 6 August 2012 he completed a transfer to Ligue 2 club Monaco.
On 6 August 2012 French Ligue 2 side AS Monaco, owned by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev and managed by Claudio Ranieri, completed the signing of Ocampos for a reported fee of €11 million, with the fee split between Quilmes, River and a group of investors. The completion of the deal saw Ocampos become the most expensive Ligue 2 signing of all-time. He made his debut for the club on 31 August 2012, coming on as a second-half substitute for Emir Bajrami in 2–1 loss against Le Havre. He scored his first goal for the club on his second appearance in the third round of Coupe de la Ligue as Monaco beat Valenciennes 4–2. The goal, a spectacular bicycle kick in extra-time was later chosen by Monaco supporters as the club's Goal of the Season. His first league goal for the club came on 18 January 2013 when he scored one and recorded an assist for Gary Kagelmacher in a 2–0 win over Istres. Ocampos featured in 29 appearances across the league campaign, scoring four goals as Monaco secured their return to Ligue 1.
Monaco's promotion to Ligue 1 was accompanied by a spate of free-spending by Rybolovlev. The Russian owner completed the big-money signings of James Rodríguez, Radamel Falcao and João Moutinho, amongst others, with effect that Ocampos found his influence within the Monaco squad diminishing. Despite featuring more from the bench than from the start, Ocampos still managed a return of 5 goals in 34 appearances as Monaco ended the season as runners-up to mega-money rivals PSG. Monaco's failure to secure the league title despite heavy investment saw Ranieri sacked at the end of the season and replaced by Leonardo Jardim. Despite seeing his game time reduced further under Jardim, Ocampos was nominated for the European Golden Boy award in October 2014; the award was eventually won by Liverpool's Raheem Sterling. Having started only seven matches by the end of January 2015, Ocampos requested a move away from the principality and was granted his wish with a transfer to Ligue 1 rivals Marseille.
On 3 February 2015, Ocampos signed for Monaco's Ligue 1 rivals Marseille on loan until the end of the season, where he paired up with compatriot Marcelo Bielsa. He made a goal scoring debut for the club four days later, netting in a 1–1 draw with Rennes. He ultimately made fourteen appearances and scored twice during his loan spell as Marseille ended the season in fourth. On 30 June 2015, Marseille announced that Ocampos had signed for the club on a permanent deal for a fee believed to be around €7 million. He scored his first goal of the season in a 6–0 victory over Troyes on 23 August. The goal, another bicycle kick from a Romain Alessandrini cross was later nominated for Ligue 1 Goal of the Season. The award was ultimately won by Pierrick Capelle of Angers. It was his only contribution in front of goal, however, as after the resignation of Bielsa early in the campaign Ocampos struggled to impress new manager Míchel, and made only 17 appearances throughout the league season.
Loan to Genoa
On 29 June 2016, Serie A side Genoa announced the signing of Ocampos on a season-long loan, with the option of purchase included. He made his debut for the club on 12 August, coming on as a second half substitute in a 3–2 Coppa Italia win over Lecce, and made his Serie A debut on 21 August in a 3–1 win over newly-promoted Cagliari. Towards the back end of September, Ocampos injured ligaments in his knee which ruled him out of action for roughly five weeks. He made his return to action on 6 October and scored his first goal for Genoa in a 1-1 draw with Udinese.
- As of 8 January 2017 
1 Includes Copa Argentina, Coppa Italia and Coupe de France matches. 2 Includes Coupe de la Ligue matches. 3 includes Copa Libertadores, Copa Sudamericana, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Champions League matches.
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