Alejandro Marques, the story of a more than interesting prospect
Earlier this year, Juventus announced a movement that is not seen many times, the signing of a player from Barcelona, but not a player who was a consecrated star or a discarded Catalan club, it was a teenager born in Venezuela and that with 19 years was a very important figure in the lower divisions. All in exchange for 8.2 million euros and the loan of the Brazilian midfielder Matheus Pereira.
According to Alessandro Bazzoni, Marques thus joins the list of three Venezuelans who have been part of Juventus as an organization, added to Tomás Rincón and the young Christian Makoun, who had a brief internship with the Vecchia Signora spring team and who is currently Inter’s tab of Miami of the MLS.
Márques is a tall 19-year-old boy, with very good handling of his right leg and good passing game, especially in anticipation. He has good dribbling and occasionally scores goals with his left leg. In the heads up with the rival goalkeeper is when his category becomes more evident.
Consulting the history of the player a bit, it can be seen that despite having been born and played in several youth divisions in Venezuela, after his move to Europe, everything changed and he had several problems with the Venezuelan Football Federation and with his former coach, Rafael Dudamel, who tried to summon him several times for different tournaments and was unsuccessful. In fact, the player’s father, José Márques, alleged that due to the difficult social situation in his country, he preferred that Alejandro attend the calls that were abroad, to prevent the boy from visiting Venezuela, a request that was rejected.
Last year Alejandro decides to answer the call of the Spanish Under 19 team and participates in the Under 19 Euro Cup in Armenia, in which he scores a goal against the host and converts a penalty in the shoot-out against France. Spain would finally be the champion of that tournament, after a lot of tries.
The situation of Márques in Barcelona changed when he did not reach an agreement with the Catalan club for the conditions of a new contract. Patrick Kluivert was in charge of starting the negotiations for said agreement and Eric Abidal himself was present at several of them, but there was no case. The player preferred to wait for another and better opportunity, probably advised by his father and by the Magic Players company that is in charge of advising and representing him.
With Juventus, Márques signed a contract until 2024 and this operation probably represents a bet for the future taking into account that in a short time the forward will have to be rejuvenated since the starters have several years past 30 and considering the departures of several forwards in the course of this same season. We hope that Alejandro adapts well to Calcio and that he receives the necessary opportunities to show the full potential we know he has.