Walter Benítez: the surprise in the list of those summoned by the Argentine National Team

Walter Benítez: the surprise in the list of those summoned by the Argentine National Team
Walter Benítez: the surprise in the list of those summoned by the Argentine National Team

Lionel Scaloni announced the squad list for the Argentine National Team for the Asian tour in June, where La Scaloneta will face Australia and Indonesia. There, the usual names appeared, with Lionel Messi in the lead and with other appearances by Facundo Medina, Alejandro Garnacho, among others. But there was a name that surprised: that of Walter Benítez, from PSV, who entered as the third goalkeeper.

It is surprising because he had not had, until now, his opportunity to be in the National Team, "I never lose hope of being there," he had told Olé last year. Now, the wish that he so longed for, came. And deservedly so: he had great performances in his last two seasons in Europe, which can be explained through the numbers.

In the 2021/22 season, when he wore the Nice shirt, Benítez was the second least beaten fence in Ligue 1. In that campaign, he conceded 35 goals in 37 games and kept a clean sheet in a total of 14 games. That outstanding performance in the French cast aroused the interest of PSV of the Netherlands, who took him when he finished his contract.

And in this debut season at PSV, he conceded 34 goals in 29 games, with 10 games without conceding goals. An outstanding present for the 30-year-old from Chaco, who could now make his debut in the National Team's goal against Australia (June 15) or Indonesia (June 19).

From Quilmes to France

On April 15, 2014, a 21-year-old Benítez made his debut at the Quilmes goal, in the Brewer's victory against Vélez 3-1 in the local tournament. After good performances, he caught the attention of the European scouts, and Nice was the interested club that opted for the Argentine, who decided to take him in June 2016. But it would not be until the 17/18 season that he would manage to win his place in the French team.

From there, there were four more seasons in Nice, now as absolute owner of the goal, and with his peak of performance, as mentioned above, in the last one in which he remained there, on 21/22. He did not lower his level at PSV and, today, he fulfilled one of his greatest wishes. Will you have minutes in either of the two friendlies?

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