Pablo Piatti

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Pablo Piatti
Pablo Piatti 2020.png
Piatti with Toronto FC in 2020
Personal information
Full name Pablo Daniel Piatti
Date of birth (1989-03-31) 31 March 1989 (age 32)[1]
Place of birth Ucacha [es], Argentina
Height 1.64 m (5 ft 5 in)[1]
Position(s) Winger
Club information
Current team
Elche
Number 20
Youth career
2002–2003 Jorge Newbery
2003–2006 Estudiantes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Estudiantes 49 (12)
2008–2011 Almería 101 (20)
2011–2017 Valencia 110 (15)
2016–2017Espanyol (loan) 30 (10)
2017–2020 Espanyol 53 (3)
2020 Toronto FC 17 (4)
2021– Elche 2 (0)
National team
2007 Argentina U20 6 (0)
2011 Argentina 1 (0)
Honours
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 March 2021

Pablo Daniel Piatti (born 31 March 1989) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Elche CF. He operates mainly as a left winger, but can also play as a forward.[2]

He spent the vast majority of his career in Spain after starting out at Estudiantes, appearing in 294 La Liga matches over 12 seasons and scoring a total of 48 goals for Almería, Valencia and Espanyol. He also represented Toronto FC in Major League Soccer, having signed in 2020.

Piatti was capped once for the Argentina national team, in 2011.

Club career[edit]

Estudiantes[edit]

Born in Ucacha [es], Córdoba of Italian descent,[3] Piatti was a product of Estudiantes de La Plata's youth ranks. He made the headlines when coach Diego Simeone gave him his first opportunity against Newell's Old Boys on 18 November 2006, as the player was just 17. He scored the winning goal (2–1) deep into injury time, and became one of the heroes of Estudiantes' championship-winning team.[4]

Piatti made the side's starting eleven in the 2007 Clausura tournament, alongside José Luis Calderón, José Sosa, and Juan Sebastián Verón.

Almería[edit]

After making 60 appearances in all competitions for Estudiantes in two years, Piatti was sold to UD Almería in Spain for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of 7 million.[5][6] Initially an undisputed starter, notably netting in a 1–1 home draw against Real Madrid,[7] he struggled after the arrival, midway through his first season, of Mexican coach Hugo Sánchez.

In the 2009–10 campaign, without the presence of striker Álvaro Negredo, Piatti was much more depended upon in scoring matters and netted seven times in 35 matches, joint-second in the team as they finished in 13th position.[8] On 23 September 2009 he opened and closed the scoresheet in a 2–2 draw at Atlético Madrid[9] and, in the second La Liga match between the two teams, netted a last-minute winner (1–0).[10]

Valencia[edit]

Piatti in action for Valencia in 2015

On 5 July 2011, Almería and Valencia CF reached an agreement for the transfer of Piatti, with the player signing a five-year contract for a fee of €7.5 million.[11][12] He struggled to reproduce his previous form during most of his first season with the Che, but did feature in 47 matches all competitions comprised.[13]

Piatti scored his first official goal for Valencia on 19 January 2012, netting the 3–1 in the 45th minute of an eventual 4–1 home win against Levante UD in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey.[14] He added another two in the second leg (3–0).[15]

After Jordi Alba and Jérémy Mathieu developed an efficient left-wing partnership, Piatti was used inconsistenly by managers Mauricio Pellegrino, Ernesto Valverde and Miroslav Đukić, also struggling with some injury problems.[13] He was transferlisted against his will by the latter in the summer of 2013.[13]

After the dismissal of Đukić due to poor results, however, new boss Juan Antonio Pizzi showed faith in his compatriot Piatti, who repaid the former's confidence by finishing 2013–14 with five league goals from 17 appearances, one of those coming in a 3–2 win at FC Barcelona.[16][17]

Following the purchase of the club by businessman Peter Lim,[18] Piatti continued being a key player under Nuno Espírito Santo, being dubbed Pablito by the manager.[19][20][13]

Espanyol[edit]

Piatti playing for Espanyol in 2019

Piatti was loaned to RCD Espanyol for one year on 16 July 2016, with a buyout clause.[21] The following 24 May, after scoring a career-best ten goals to help his team to the eighth position, he signed a permanent three-year deal with the club.[22]

In February 2019, during a home match against Rayo Vallecano, Piatti suffered an injury to both his right knee's anterior cruciate and internal lateral ligaments, going on to be sidelined for several months.[23]

Toronto FC[edit]

In February 2020, Piatti moved to Toronto FC in Major League Soccer as a Designated Player, signing a one-year deal.[24][25] Later that month, however, he was ruled out of the opening of the season after picking up a hamstring strain in training.[26] He made his debut on 13 July, in a 2–2 draw against D.C. United in the group stages of the MLS is Back Tournament.[27] He scored his first two goals on 18 August, in a 3–0 home win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC in his side's first match since the return of the regular season.[28][29]

The team declined their option to extend Piatti's contract on 30 November 2020.[30]

Elche[edit]

Piatti returned to the Spanish top division on 6 March 2021, joining Elche CF.[31]

International career[edit]

Shortly after making his senior debut for Estudiantes, Piatti was part of the Argentina squad that won the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada. The youngest player in the roster, he managed to play six of seven games.[32][33]

On 5 June 2011, Piatti made his debut for the senior side, as national team boss Sergio Batista handed him a start in a 1–2 friendly loss with Poland.[34]

Style of play[edit]

A talented, skilful and diminutive player with an eye for goal, Piatti is capable of contributing to his team's offensive play by both scoring and assisting goals; moreover, he can shoot with either foot, despite being naturally left–footed. Normally a winger, he is also able to play as a forward, but he has even been deployed in a deeper, more creative role, behind the main striker. He usually plays on the left side of the pitch, although he can also play on the right flank. A dynamic, explosive and fleet–footed attacker, he is known for his turn of pace, which along with his dribbling technique enables him to get past opponents and make runs into the penalty area. Regarded as a promising player in his youth, his playing style was initially likened to that of compatriot Lionel Messi.[35][36][37][38][39][40]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 21 March 2021[41]
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Estudiantes 2006–07 Argentine Primera División 17 5 0 0 0 0 17 5
2007–08 32 8 0 0 10 0 42 8
Total 49 13 0 0 10 0 59 13
Almería 2008–09 La Liga 31 5 2 1 33 6
2009–10 35 7 1 0 36 7
2010–11 35 8 6 2 41 10
Total 101 20 9 3 110 23
Valencia 2011–12 La Liga 30 2 7 3 10 1 47 6
2012–13 14 1 3 0 2 0 19 1
2013–14 17 5 3 0 9 2 29 7
2014–15 28 7 2 0 30 7
2015–16 21 0 6 1 10 1 37 2
Total 110 15 21 4 31 4 162 23
Espanyol (loan) 2016–17 La Liga 30 10 1 0 31 10
Espanyol 2017–18 30 2 1 0 31 2
2018–19 20 1 6 1 26 2
2019–20 3 0 2 0 2 0 7 0
Total 83 13 10 1 2 0 95 14
Toronto FC 2020 Major League Soccer 17[a] 4 0 0 2[b] 0 19 4
Elche 2020–21 La Liga 2 0 0 0 2 0
Career total 362 65 40 8 43 4 2 0 447 76
  1. ^ Includes three appearances in the MLS is Back Tournament group stage.
  2. ^ One appearance in the MLS is Back Tournament knockout stage, one appearance in the MLS Cup Playoffs.

International[edit]

As of 5 June 2011[41]
Argentina
Year Apps Goals
2011 1 0
Total 1 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Estudiantes

International[edit]

Argentina U-20

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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  33. ^ Pablo PiattiFIFA competition record
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