The exodus of women: at zero cost, the best Argentine footballers go to Europe

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With the local tournament on hiatus due to the coronavirus, a large number of players, many from the National Team, were tempted by more competitive leagues. A market that is opening, but that for now does not leave money to the clubs.

The new coronavirus pandemic stopped Argentine soccer. While the men’s training was resumed in August and this week the participation of the teams in the Copa Libertadores began, no news about the women’s domestic tournament. The first professional championship of the First Division came to an abrupt end in March and practices are scheduled to resume on 28 September although the date of a return is still uncertain.

In the midst of this panorama, and with the World Cup in France last year as the best screen, many players decided to leave the country. National team players such as Dalila Ippolito, Mariana Larroquette, Vanina Correa, Solana Pereyra, Adriana Sachs and Milagros Menéndez found in European football a possibility to grow as players and make an economic difference. Most of them with a Spanish destination. And with a common denominator: in free condition.

Unlike the passes with stratospheric figures handled by men’s football, with Neymar’s record of three years ago of 222 million euros as a reference, the women’s pass market is characterized by free transfers, which are carried out when contracts end.

The players usually change shirts without leaving money to their clubs due to the lack of FIFA regulation – there are no training rights – and the marked disinterest of the majority of the leaders for discipline. An interesting fact: the 350 thousand euros that Chelsea paid Wolfsburg for the Danish Pernille Harder is the highest figure in history. That is to say, 0.15% of what PSG gave Barcelona for the Brazilian.

“In Argentina there was always good stuff. Simply, there is no investment, they do not give us importance, they do nothing for us. So, that’s how the players are and that’s how the clubs are. The clubs, little by little, are loosening up and supporting women a little. But I think the girls are doing the right thing and so, with all this movement that is being done with the transfers, Argentina is going to click. I’m sure of that, ”she told Clarion Dalila Ippolito, the first Argentine to play in Italy.

The 18-year-old midfielder, trained in River, ended her relationship with UAI Urquiza and arranged her continuity at Juventus, the three-time champion of the local tournament. The offer came to him through Chavi Pascual, his representative. And although it was not the first proposal, it was the one that captured the interest of the skilled midfielder who in France 2019 became the youngest soccer player to play a World Cup for Argentina.

“If it is true that a greater interest in the Argentine soccer player has been awakened. I think that the role they played in the World Cup was fundamental, also obtaining the silver medal in the Pan American Games. There is no doubt that the Argentine soccer player herself is growing internally and that opens the doors of European football too “, analyzes the Spaniard, who represents 14 Argentine footballers, two of whom made the leap to Europe: Dalila and Solana Pereyra, the 21-year-old goalkeeper who also went to the Spanish Tacuense since UAI Urquiza.

In addition to Ippolito and Pereyra, the strongest team in the tournament together with the powerful Boca and River lost the aforementioned players of the Larroquette (Lyn from Norway) and Sachs, who went to the Spanish Collerense Sports Union, in addition to Gabriela Garton , who at the beginning of the year had joined the Essendon Royals of Australia, and Miriam Mayorga, who moved to Boca. Also to Sofía Schell (Córdoba of the Second Spain), Rocio Bueno (Racing), Karen Vénica and Camila Uzqueda (Gimnasia de La Plata).

“I think it was time to leave. To leave the UAI as well, because unfortunately the team disarmed a lot and I didn’t know what to expect in the future,” was Larroquette’s opinion from Oslo.

The scorer of the last three tournaments also coincided with Ippolito’s vision: “We are not valued correctly as soccer players and more of the Argentine National Team. We went to look for a better football, a better quality of life. Although in some cases the economic difference is not even made, it is to be with the head in football all the time, far from many problems that perhaps some of us have.

The salary of female footballers in Europe is not even remotely close to that of men: the economic offers They are between 1,000 -the majority- and 3,000 euros. In Argentina, it is not much better, of course: Boca is the only club that in the last season contracted all its players, with different salaries based on 20 thousand basic pesos, while in the vast majority the money represents travel expenses .

“It is normal that the offers from European clubs are better than the contractual possibilities they have in Argentina. And therefore they are attractive for the players. Now, not always or not any offer to come from Europe has to be better. they have to give certain conditions that ensure not only an improvement in the economic part, but also a growth in the sporting projection “, says Chavi Pascual, who also represents players in Uruguay, Panama, Ecuador and Spain.

It is he who clarifies that “an offer in Europe it can be 3 or 4 times more“than what is paid in the country.” In addition, another of the incentives is that they can dedicate themselves 100% to soccer, while here in many cases they have to combine soccer with some work to support themselves financially. But, as I told you, it is very particular to each case since here there are also players who are 100% dedicated to soccer, “she adds.

Spain, a friendly and recurring destination for Argentines, received the majority of those who went abroad, joined by the more experienced Estefania Banini and Aldana Cometti (Levante), Florencia Bonsegundo (Valencia), Vanesa Santana (Sporting Huelva). ), Mariela Coronel (Villarreal), Ruth Bravo (Rayo Vallecano) and Belén Potassa (Córdoba), among others.

However, that could change in an increasingly professional women’s football of not getting community passports. This week, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) announced that it will limit the number of foreign players in the 2021/22 season: only three can be aligned simultaneously.

“I understand that because of the culture and the language, Spain makes adaptation easier -considers Pascual-. But I think that this is going to become general in the coming years and Argentine women will be prepared to go to other countries to show their talent, as it has already begun to happen in this pass market “.

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