Thiago Ezequiel Almada is an Argentine footballer currently playing as a winger or midfielder for Vélez Sarsfield of the Argentine Primera División. He was born on April 26, 2001, in Fuerte Apache, Argentina.
Thiago Ezequiel Almada was born to Diego, his father and Lorena, his mother. They raised Almada in the same tough neighbourhood as Carlos Tevez. As quoted by Almada himself, his parents gave everything for him to get where he is presently in his footballing career
Early Life and Career
Born in April 2001, Thiago Almada spent his early years combining his love for football with earning pocket money by selling fruit and vegetables door-to-door for one of his neighbours.
He also spent his childhood period in the neighbourhood. he learned good and bad things, there were people who smoked next to him and he saw people walking with a gun in their hands in the same neighbourhood.
Almada chose football, and at the age of four, he was already playing for local club Santa Clara, where Tevez too developed his craft before moving to Boca.
By the age of five, Almada had been snapped up by a professional club, though it was neither Boca nor River Plate who took a chance on him. Instead, he was enrolled into the academy at Velez Sarsfield on the other side of General Paz Avenue that separates the city of Buenos Aires from its provincial territory.
August 2018, just four months after his 17th birthday. Almada showed a clear level above his peers and seamlessly made his way through the various age-group sides before making his first-team debut in August 2018, In his first season in Gabriel Heinze’s senior squad he made 16 Superliga appearances, contributing three goals and two assists, including a brace against Defensa in his first-ever start that truly put him on the radar of the wider Argentine public.
The threat of Manchester City snapping up another of their young talents loomed over the recent transfer window but unlike the controversial transfer of Benjamín Garré in 2016, Vélez Sarsfield was able to keep hold of Thiago Almada and was pleased to finally announce that the that he has signed a new deal until June 2023.
Having already traveled to Russia to shadow the senior Argentina squad as they were disappointed at the 2018 World Cup, Almada was called up to the Under-20 squad for the South American Championship in the summer of 2019. Despite being the youngest player on the roster he was a standout performer as they finished as runners-up to surprise winners Ecuador.
Almada’s performances for club and country alerted Manchester City, who made a reported offer of €20 million to bring the playmaker to the Etihad Stadium. Pep Guardiola was cited as being a big fan of the teenager, but Velez was not willing to let their young gem depart without a fight.
Furious rows began to break out between the club and the media who reported he would be leaving, with former Manchester United defender Heinze publicly branding one journalist a “liar” after his continued stories regarding the future of Almada.
Eventually, the saga ended with Almada signing a new four-year contract that includes a €25m (£22m/$28m) release clause. Almada has continued to impress and is unlikely to put off too many of Europe’s elite clubs in the coming months
Following his breakout campaign, Almada has picked up where he left off this season. He has scored five goals and given two assists in 22 appearances thus far as Velez lead the race to finish third in this season’s Superliga behind River and Boca.
As well as showcasing his supreme talent on the ball, he has also provided signs that he is maturing mentally, most notably when stepping up in the third minute of stoppage time to score a penalty that saw Velez avoid a first-round elimination from the Copa Sudamericana at the hands of SD Aucas in February. Possessing a supreme ability with the ball at his feet, the comparisons to Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona are natural when any player with such talents appears on the horizon. Almada, though, has others who he looks to for inspiration. Tevez, of course, is one, given his rags-to-riches tale, but Almada has also spoken of how he watches Eden Hazard regularly to try and learn from the Real Madrid star. He also idolizes Boca Juniors legend Juan Roman Riquelme, who actually invited him to his house for a barbeque having seen him play for Velez and immediately wanted to meet him.
Almada has already racked up 40 senior appearances for Velez Sarsfield having been brought up in one of Buenos Aires’ most notorious areas
It is unlikely to be long before Almada departs his homeland for Europe, with City unlikely to be put off despite their failure to capture him just under 12 months ago. The Argentine just hopes he will return to lead their national team back to its former glories before too long.
Private Life and Net Worth
He is currently single. He is not dating anyone. We don’t have much information about He’s past relationship and any previous engaged. According to our database, he has no children
Current market value: €18.00m
Highest market value: €20.00m