Even though La Albiceleste are one of the most storied national teams in soccer, a Mexican player who could represent Argentina is only interested in playing for El Tri.
International football has seen many changes in recent years. However, the most notable adjustments have come in the eligibility criteria, as it is increasingly common to see players representing a country other than the one they were born in.
There are various reasons why a player may choose to do so. Many inherit their family’s roots, but in some cases it is mostly (or even exclusively) to have a better chance of playing in the World Cup or other major tournaments.
Argentina have not previously been a nation with players born outside their country, but it looks like their next generation could be led by talent born or bred overseas. However, Lucas Martinez Dupuy does not seem interested in being part of this list.
Mexican player rules out possibility of playing for Argentina despite being eligible
Martinez Dupuy was born on June 5, 2001, in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, to Argentinean parents. By then, his father Nahuel Dario Martinez was playing for Real San Luis. But some years later, the family moved back to Argentina, where Martinez Dupuy eventually started his career.
The 21-year-old striker has already made 47 appearances for Rosario Central, with seven goals and two assists to his name. In fact, he has already represented Mexico in their U-20 and U-21 teams. And his intention is to continue playing for El tri.
“I’m 100% committed to Mexico. So many miles away, they were the first to think of me and give me an opportunity,” Martinez Dupuy told Bolavip. “Every time they call me up makes me very happy and pushes me to give it all, because it’s the country where I was born. I have already talked to people over there and want to go back. I’ll be waiting for the call-up.”