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Forgotten Heroes: Marcelo Gallardo

Born in the municipality of Merlo, in the province of Buenos Aires, Gallardo was destined to become a footballer from the moment he set foot in the "Paris of South America". With one of the highest concentration of football teams in a single city across the world (24 teams), options lay plenty for jovenes in the city.  At the tender age of 12, Gallardo's journey began as he made his debut for River Plate's Prenovena, their academy. Just five years later, in 1993, his dream became a reality as he made his official debut for River Plate in a 2-0 victory over Newell's Old Boys. The ultimate moment came just over a year later as he scored his first goal...

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