Musacchio in action for Villarreal in 2012
|Full name||Mateo Pablo Musacchio|
|Date of birth||26 August 1990|
|Place of birth||Rosario, Argentina|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|25 de Mayo|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:48, 27 May 2019 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 March 2017
He spent most of his professional career with Villarreal after signing as a 19-year-old, going on to appear in 249 competitive matches and score seven goals during seven La Liga seasons. In 2017, he joined Milan.
A product of Club Atlético River Plate's youth system, Musacchio was born in Rosario, Santa Fe, and he made his first-team debut as a 16-year-old during the 2006–07 season, making four appearances. He was part of the squad that won the Clausura in the following year, but did not feature in any games.
In August 2009, Musacchio moved to Villarreal CF in Spain, initially being assigned to the B-team in the second division. He made his official debut on 5 September in a 1–3 loss at Córdoba CF as the reserves overachieved in their first season ever in that tier, eventually finishing seventh.
On 13 February 2010, shortly after ceasing to be a non-EU player, Musacchio made his La Liga debut by playing the last 15 minutes in a 2–1 home win against Athletic Bilbao. From that moment onwards he was permanently promoted to Villarreal's first team, successively surpassing more experienced Iván Marcano and Gonzalo Rodríguez – the latter his compatriot – in the defensive pecking order.
On 30 May 2017, eight days after passing his medical, Musacchio moved to Italian club A.C. Milan after signing a four-year contract. He contributed with 15 Serie A appearances in his first season, with the subsequent qualification to the UEFA Europa League after a sixth-place finish.
Musacchio was first called by the Argentina national team in May 2011, as manager Sergio Batista only selected players under 25 for friendlies with Nigeria and Poland. He made his debut against the former on 2 June, in a 1–4 loss.
Style of play
A press release of A.C. Milan described Musacchio as a "very physical centre back" with character and agility. Additionally, the article highlighted his marking and blocking abilities, and that he liked to start moves and play short passes."
Musacchio's paternal grandparents were of Albanian origin, being Arbëreshë from Portocannone in lower Molise region, Italy. The surname Musacchio originated from the Muzaka region in south-central Albania, and was widely used in the Albanian community in Italy.
- As of match played 26 May 2019
|River Plate||2006–07||Argentine Primera División||5||0||0||0||–||–||5||0|
- "Official: Musacchio is now red and black". A.C. Milan. 30 May 2017. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
- River Plate Squad – Closing '07; at Argentine Soccer
- "Musacchio jugará en el filial del Villarreal" [Musacchio will play in Villarreal's reserves]. Marca (in Spanish). 31 August 2009. Retrieved 31 August 2009.
- "Debut agridulce para Musacchio en el filial" [Bittersweet debut for Musacchio with reserves]. El Periódico Mediterráneo (in Spanish). 7 September 2009. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
- "El filial se ve obligado a descender a Segunda B tras el descenso del Villarreal" [Reserves forced to relegate to Segunda B after Villarreal relegation] (in Spanish). Vavel. 14 May 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
- "Musacchio y 'Sema' ya son comunitarios" [Musacchio and 'Sema' are already EU players]. Marca (in Spanish). 26 January 2010. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
- "Nilmar bautiza la 'era Garrido'" [Nilmar baptizes 'Garrido era']. Diario AS (in Spanish). 14 February 2010. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
- "Jugar en el Bernabéu es un sueño para mí" [To play at the Bernabéu is a dream for me]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 20 February 2010. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
- "Musacchio apunta a titular si Godín no está disponible" [Musacchio poised to start if Godín is not available]. Las Provincias (in Spanish). 27 February 2010. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
- "Musacchio se lesiona de gravedad" [Musacchio seriously injured]. Marca (in Spanish). 12 April 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
- "Musacchio puede perderse el resto de la temporada" [Musacchio may lose rest of season]. Marca (in Spanish). 1 April 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
- "Musacchio, un mes de baja" [Musacchio, one month out]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 9 January 2017. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
- "Mateo Musacchio undergoing his medicals". A.C. Milan. 22 May 2017. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
- Sgamma, Alessandro (24 August 2018). "Napoli-Milan, Musacchio favorito su Caldara: i motivi della scelta di Gattuso" [Napoli-Milan, Musacchio favourite over Caldara: the reasons for Gattuso's choice] (in Italian). Milan News 24. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
- "Musacchio y Ruben, convocados a la selección argentina" [Musacchio y Ruben, called to Argentine national team] (in Spanish). River Plate. 20 May 2011. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
- "Argentina B fue vapuleada por Nigeria" [Argentina B routed by Nigeria] (in Spanish). Info News. 2 June 2011. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
- "De Biasi: Musacchio te Milan? I kam dërguar mesazhe për ta afruar në kombëtare" [De Biasi: Musacchio to Milan? I've sent messages to get him in the national team] (in Albanian). Balkan Web. 20 May 2017. Retrieved 8 March 2018.
- "Calciomercato Roma, Musacchio è il primo rinforzo" [Calciomercato Roma, Musacchio is first addition] (in Italian). Roma Today. 27 April 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
- "M. Musacchio". Soccerway. Retrieved 7 July 2014.