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Watch: Manchester City’s wonder kid Julian Alvarez score six goals for River Plate

Alvarez became the first player in River Plate’s 121-year history to score six goals in a single game.

Abhishek Sandikar Author

Updated - 26 May 2022 5:08 pm

Manchester City’s January signing Julian Alvarez had smashed six goals in a single game while playing for River Plate in the Copa Libertadores. While playing against Lima Alliance, he scored his first goal in the 15th minute and then completed his hat-trick before half-time. 

Alvarez then scored his next three goals after the break in the 54th, 57th and 83rd minutes as Los Millonarios registered an 8-1 victory. He became the first player in River Plate’s 121-year history to score six goals in a single game. Alvarez was picked up by the Citizens for a transfer fee of £14 million on a five and half-year contract. He is currently on loan with Plate. 

He’s one of the best young attacking players in South America: Begiristain 

When Manchester City signed the youngster, their Director of Football Txiki Begiristain expressed that Alvarez is a player with significant potential. He said, “Julian is a player we have monitored for some time,” Begiristain said. 

“He is capable of operating in a number of attacking roles, and we firmly believe he’s one of the best young attacking players in South America. I am so happy we have managed to bring him to Manchester City. I really believe we can provide him with the right conditions to fulfil his potential and become a top player.”

He is very good, really good. I like him: Aguero

Former Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero also praised Alvarez while streaming on Twitch. He said, “I get along very well with him (Alvarez). When we were in the (Argentina) National Team, we s**t with laughter. He always asked me things and I, as a striker, told him about my experience. I like it, he is a very good player.”

“He (Alvarez) is very good, really good. I like him, we have to see in what position they (Manchester City) are going to use him. I do not know if he is going to play as a nine; for me, he is a player who has to play more freely, he is restless.”

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