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Meet Julian Alvarez, popularly known as “The Little Spider

Alvarez primarily operates as a dynamic forward or attacking midfielder. His agility, technical finesse, and relentless work rate set him apart from most players at his age.

Julian Alvarez, popularly known as “The Little Spider,” in his native Calchin has emerged as one of the most sought-after prospects in the world of football. Hailing from Argentina and currently representing Manchester City, Alvarez has joined the elite group of players who have won both the World Cup and the Champions League in a single season. Not only that but he is the only player in the history of the sport to win the World Cup and the Treble in the same season. And he is ONLY 23 years old.

Background and Personal Information:

Standing at 5’9″ and weighing 154 lbs, Alvarez primarily operates as a dynamic forward or attacking midfielder. His agility, technical finesse, and relentless work rate set him apart from most players at his age.

Playing Style and Strengths:

Alvarez’s playing style is characterized by his electrifying pace, creative passing skills, and intelligent movement on and off the ball. Though only starting 13 matches for the Cityzens he has managed 3.20 SCA per 90. His ability to hold the ball and kill the pace during various occasions helps City during build-up play and lets deep-lying players like Stone and Rodri to join the attack. With impeccable ball control and the ability to navigate through tight spaces effortlessly, he poses a constant threat to opposing defenses.

Career Highlights:

Having started his professional career at River Plate, one of Argentina’s most storied clubs, Alvarez quickly captured attention with his performances. He played a vital role in River Plate’s triumphant 2018 Copa Libertadores campaign. He only grew better with age as he became the top scorer of the Primera División in 2021 with 18 goals.

Manchester City spent no time in getting him the Etihad soon after where he went on to be a part of Pep’s ‘Total Football’ philosophy winning a Treble in his debut season for the club.

International Career:

Julian Alvarez’s talent earned him a call-up to the Argentine national team in 2021, marking the beginning of his international journey. He made his debut against Chile, showcasing his potential on the big stage. However, his breakthrough moment arrived during the 2022 FIFA World Cup, where Alvarez played an integral role in Argentina’s historic victory. Despite his young age, he exhibited pure maturity scoring 4 goals in 5 starts for his country.


Julian Alvarez’s rapid ascent from a young talent at River Plate to a key player for both Argentina and Manchester City is a testament to his exceptional ability. Though he has found himself in the shadow of Haaland at City and Messi as well as Lautaro Martinez in Argentina he has built his home behind the poacher often playing as a false 9 or a ghost striker. Alvarez has won every tournament he has played in which essentially means he has ‘Completed Football’ as many would like to call it. But with the changing landscape of the game as both Ronaldo and Messi have left Europe and several generational talents retiring soon it is only a matter of time until ‘Spider’ makes his own place in World Football.

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Rushikesh Barje
Rushikesh Barje
A hopeless romantic in love with Manchester United.

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