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Mexico, involved in the fight between the USMNT, Argentina and Croatia for the next Riquelme

One of the richest clubs in Mexico is close to hire a young talent who has yet to decide if he will play for the USMNT, Argentina or Croatia.  

Mexico, involved in the fight between the USMNT, Argentina and Croatia for the next Riquelme.
Mexico, involved in the fight between the USMNT, Argentina and Croatia for the next Riquelme.

Back in 2001 Argentina was facing an economic disaster with very few precedents. During those years, many Argentinian families left the country to built their lives abroad. One of those families where the Miljevic, which left their native Buenos Aires to live in Miami. In the US, their son, Matko, was born. Almost 19 years later, Argentina, the United States and Croatia are fighting for the boy, who is compared to former FC Barcelona, Villarreal and Boca Juniors midfielder Juan Román Riquelme.

Matko Miljevic's family returned to Argentina one year after his son was born. The moved to Lanús, outside Buenos Aires. There, Matko started playing football in a local club. Later, he got into Boca Juniors youth divisions, and the he changed to Argentinos Juniors, where he made his professional debut. He is now seeking a transfer, and Atlético San Luis of the Liga MX seems to be the place selected.

The player isn't interested in re-signing with Argentinos, so the club wants to sell him before he leaves as a free agent in June 2021. First, he was offered to his former club Boca Juniors, which was interested. But San Luis seems to have the move both Miljevic and the club wants in exchange for his services.

The players' grandparents are Croatian. That's the reason for the player to have chances to represent that country. Anyway, Miljevic, an offensive midfielder who can play as insider, similar to Thiago Alcántara, has already represented both Argentina and the United States in youth levels. He said he hasn't yet decided which country he wants to play for. Where will it be?

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