Moralez in 2007
|Full name||Maximiliano Nicolás Moralez|
|Date of birth||27 February 1987|
|Place of birth||Granadero Baigorria, Argentina|
|Height||1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|2008||→ Racing (loan)||37||(8)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:40, 16 July 2015 (UTC).
Maximiliano Nicolás "Maxi" Moralez (born 27 February 1987) is an Argentine footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder who plays for Atalanta in the Serie A. At 1.60 m (5 ft 3 in), he is the shortest player in the Italian league. He is nicknamed frasquito (in English: little flask).
Moralez started playing professionally for Racing Club in the Argentine Primera División during the 2005 Clausura tournament, entering the field on a 2–2 draw with Colón. In 2007, Moralez was bought by FC Moscow. However, after only half a season in the Russian club, he was loaned back to Racing Club. Moralez helped his club avoid relegation during the 2007–08 season, scoring the winning goal against Belgrano in the relegation playoff.
For the 2009 Clausura tournament, Moralez was bought by Vélez Sársfield. During his first season in the club, he helped the team become Argentine champion, playing 14 (out of 19) games and scoring 5 goals. He scored the winning goal against Huracán on the 83rd minute of the final game, giving Vélez the 1–0 victory necessary to win the championship. During the following tournament, the 2009 Apertura, Moralez was Vélez' top goalscorer (along Jonathan Cristaldo) with 5 goals each.
On 5 March 2011, Moralez renewed his contract with Vélez until June 2013. During that semester, he won his second league title with the club (the 2011 Clausura) playing 15 of the 19 games, and scoring 4 goals. He also played 11 of the 12 games of his team's Copa Libertadores semi-finalist campaign, scoring 5 goals.
On 27 July 2011, Atalanta B.C., recently promoted to the Serie A, paid Moralez's buyout clause to Vélez Sársfield (€8 million for the 50% transfer rights owned by Vélez). The Argentine midfielder was introduced by his new club three days later.
In 2007, Moralez was called for the Argentina under-20 squad for the South American Youth Championship held in Paraguay. Later that year he was part of Argentina FIFA W-20 World Cup title winning team. He played along Sergio Agüero and Mauro Zárate in the attack. Moralez was third highest scorer in the tournament (bronze shoe) and was named second best player (silver ball), behind his teammate Agüero.
In November 2010, Moralez was selected as part of an Argentine league squad to train twice weekly with the Argentine national team. He made his senior international debut on a 4–1 friendly victory over Venezuela on 16 March 2011.
- Vélez Sársfield
- Argentina U-20
- Vélez Sársfield profile
- Atalanta BC profile
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Maximiliano Moralez.|
- Profile at Vélez Sársfield official website (Spanish)
- Maximiliano Moralez – FIFA competition record
- Statistics at Guardian
- Argentine Primera statistics at Fútbol XXI (Spanish)