Estigarribia in 2013
|Full name||Marcelo Alejandro Estigarribia Balmori|
|Date of birth||21 September 1987|
|Place of birth||Fernando de la Mora, Paraguay|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Left Winger|
|Colón de Santa Fe|
|2010–2011||→ Newell's Old Boys (loan)||45||(0)|
|2011–2012||→ Juventus (loan)||14||(1)|
|2012–2013||→ Sampdoria (loan)||34||(2)|
|2013–2014||→ Chievo Verona (loan)||16||(0)|
|2014–2015||→ Atalanta (loan)||25||(2)|
|2016–2017||→ Cerro Porteño (loan)||22||(1)|
|2017||→ Chiapas (loan)||6||(1)|
|2017–||→ Colón (loan)||6||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 October 2017|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 July 2013
Estigarribia has been known since youth as Chelo, as a diminutive of his name Marcelo. He also has an Italian passport by way of his mother. At club level, Estigarribia has played for teams in Paraguay, France, Uruguay, Argentina, Italy, and Mexico. At international level, he has represented the Paraguay national football team, and was member of the squad that finished second at the 2011 Copa América.
Club Unión Pacífico
Newell's Old Boys
On 27 December 2009, Newell's Old Boys signed the versatile Paraguayan midfielder on loan from French side Le Mans UC for 18 months. In June 2011, it was reported by the Daily Record that Scottish Premier League club Rangers were chasing Estigarribia when their boss Ally McCoist spent a week scouting in Argentina.
On 28 August 2011, Estigarribia moved to Juventus F.C. on a season loan for a 0.5 million euro fee, with an option of making the transfer permanent for 5 million euros at the end of the season, from a proxy club Deportivo Maldonado. He made his debut as a substitute against Chievo and got his first start against Genoa. He scored his first goal for Juventus against Napoli where the match ended in a 3–3 tie.
On 4 August 2012, Estigarribia moved to U.C. Sampdoria on a season-long loan for a €700,000 fee, with the option of making his stay with Sampdoria permanent for €5 million at the end of the season. He made his debut with Blucerchiati against A.C. Milan, winning 0–1.
Estigarribia received his first senior international cap for Paraguay in a friendly match against Côte d'Ivoire on 22 May 2008. He scored his first international goal in a friendly match against South Africa on 31 March 2010. His performances in the 2011 Copa América, where Paraguay went on to reach the final of the tournament, only to lose out 3–0 to Uruguay, prompted Italian giants Juventus to make a move for him.
|1.||31 March 2010||Defensores del Chaco, Asuncion, Paraguay||South Africa||1–0||1–1||Friendly|
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- Enrico Zambruno (December 2011). "Estigarribia: "Qui realizzerò il mio sueño"" (PDF). Hurrà Juventus. pp. 10–11. Retrieved 15 December 2011.
- Andrea Bonino (25 August 2011). "Juve, esterni ok: ecco Estigarribia". La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 22 September 2011.
- "Fútbol paraguayo: Marcelo Estigarribia se sumará al Le Mans". Espanol.upi.com. 2012-07-30. Retrieved 2012-08-05.
- ""Chelo" se hace francés". Abc.com.py. Retrieved 2012-08-05.
- "El volante paraguayo Marcelo Estigarribia podría ir a Newells". Paraguay.com. Retrieved 2012-08-05.
- "Rangers want Paraguay star Marcelo Estigarribia and Crystal Palace ace Neil Danns". Daily Record. 2011-06-11. Retrieved 2012-08-05.
- "Agreement with Deportivo Maldonado for the temporary acquisition of the player Marcelo Estigarribia" (PDF). Juventus FC. 28 August 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2011.
- "Transferts – ETE Saison 2011/2012". LFP (France) (in French). Archived from the original on 30 August 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2011.
- Futbol Italia Staff (4 August 2012). "Estigarribia from Juve to Samp?". Retrieved 5 August 2012.
- "Estigarribia resta in Italia: è ormai fatta con la Sampdoria, si limano i dettagli". breakingnews. 4 August 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
- "Marcelo Estigarribia llega a Colón" (Press release) (in Spanish). Santa Fe, Santa Fe Province: Club Atlético Colón. 22 August 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
- "Uruguay goleó a Paraguay y ganó la Copa América" (in Spanish). ESPN FC. 24 July 2011. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
- "Estigarribia flies in for Juve". Football Italia. 25 August 2011. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
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- Official website
- Marcelo Estigarribia at BDFA.com.ar (in Spanish)
- Marcelo Estigarribia at ESPN FC
- Marcelo Estigarribia at National-Football-Teams.com
- Argentine Primera statistics at Fútbol XXI (in Spanish)[dead link]