El Semillero del Mundo (The seedbed of the world) reads on a wall at the training ground at Argentinos Juniors. Beneath that in bold, capitalized letters is the name of the academy’s most famous graduate – Diego Armando Maradona. Below that further, an exhaustive and star-studded list of alumni: Claudio Borghi, Sergio Batista, Fernando Redondo, Juan Róman Riquelme, Esteban Cambiasso and many more.
There is no better motivation for Argentinos Juniors’ current generation as they make their way down the steps towards the training pitches than to imagine their name added to this remarkable list. Fausto Vera is one of them.
The 20-year-old defensive midfielder has been an integral part of Fernando Batista’s Argentina under-20 side and was poised for a major role at the Tokyo Olympics. The rescheduled 2021 tournament remains Vera’s primary focus, yet his displays for La Albiceleste and for Argentinos Juniors make a European move likely to take place before that time.
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