In August 2008, a ridiculously talented Argentina under-23 football team headed to China for that year's Olympic Games in Beijing. Two weeks later, they were on top of the podium as undefeated gold medallists. So, where are they now?
He never would have thought it back in 2008, but things really wouldn’t get much better for Romero than that Olympic gold in Beijing.
Eight years on he’s represented his country at two World Cups (man of the match in the 2014 semi-final against Holland, no less) and two Copa America tournaments, yet has won none of them and spent a sizeable chunk of his club career warming benches – particularly in recent years.
It had all looked so promising for the 1.92m shot-stopper – after Beijing he became AZ Alkmaar’s first choice keeper for three seasons, winning the Eredivisie title in 2008/09, and later joined then-Serie B side Sampdoria in 2011.
Since 2013/14, though, he’s mustered only seven league appearances for three clubs: Sampdoria, Monaco and Manchester United, where he currently plays understudy to David de Gea, having joined English football’s most decorated side on a free transfer in 2015.
“I think the door to becoming United's first goalkeeper is open again for me,” the 29-year-old quipped in June. Jose Mourinho might not be so sure. – By Joe Brewin