The Brighton striker, who paid him 22 million euros in June, is the son of an Argentine and went through the youth of Les Bleus, but never made the jump to the Major. Will Scaloni take it into account?
He was paid 22 million euros, he was chosen as the best player of 2018 in the competitive Second Division of England, plays forward and is French, but also Argentine. At the age of 23, Neal Maupay has not yet had the chance to represent France at a Senior level, although he can also do it for the National Team to trace the path that many talented people did in reverse for not having opportunities with the blue and white, to the point of being world champions like David Trezeguet and Mauro Camoranesi.
Why do you have nationality? He is the son of an Argentine nurse and completed the procedures at the end of 2013. "Appointment at the Consulate. Officially Argentine now", he wrote back then in a tweet that is gone. "We'll see if one day the question is raised", expressed before the consultation of his followers about what he would do in the case of receiving the call, which he could accept according to current FIFA rules.
"Players may exercise the right to change federation only if they have not disputed —Either partially or totally— no "A" team match of an official competition representing its current federation", affirms subsection a of point 3.7.1 of the Regulations for the application of the statutes, while 3.7.3 adds: "Any player wishing to exercise the right to change federation must submit a duly substantiated written request to the General Secretariat".
Born in Versailles and emerged from Nice, where he was a partner of Renato Civelli (said the only problem was his "taste for Boca") and Darío Cvitanich, Maupay debuted with just 16 years and 32 days in Ligue 1 and appeared among the great world promises, with 35 international duels and 16 celebrations in the young galas. However, it was difficult to settle and it just exploded last season, when he came to Brentford to break it in the British Championship after his false steps through Saint-Étienne and Brest.
In western London he went through a first season of adaptation, but in the second he showed his full potential: 28 goals in 49 games as the main attacker of the team (despite its 1.73m), more than half as much per game played. That earned him the best player of the season in the Ascent, the interest of Seville and a multi-million dollar pass to Brighton. to play in the Premier League, where he has three shouts in his first eight appearances.
Honored to have won the EFL Player of the year ðŸ˜ pic.twitter.com/pjZaNgSZVv
– Neal Maupay (@ nealmaupay18) February 28, 2019
On the French side, in principle, run from behind against players like Wissam Ben Yedder, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappé, while in Argentina it has no less competition before Lautaro Martínez, Lucas Alario and Sergio Agüero, among others. It will be necessary to see if the world champion Didier Deschamps cites it or if Lionel Scaloni decides to prime it, but it is still a name to have in the folder at the time of renewal in the National Team.