|Lautaro Martínez Quick Info
|5 ft 9 in
|Date of Birth
|August 22, 1997
Lautaro Martínez is an Argentinian professional soccer player who has represented, as a striker, Racing Club de Avellaneda (2015-2018) in Argentina and Inter Milan (2018-Present) in Italy. With Inter Milan, he won the Serie A (the top tier of the Italian soccer league system) title in the 2020-21 season and the Coppa Italia (the premier domestic knockout soccer competition in Italy) in the 2021-22 season. The 2020-21 Serie A title was the club’s 19th such and made it the then 2nd-most successful team in the competition while its 2021-22 Coppa Italia triumph was its 8th such victory and made it the then 3rd-most successful team in the competition. With the club, Lautaro also won the Supercoppa Italiana in 2021. He scored the equalizing goal in his team’s 2-1 win in the trophy decider – a one-off match played between the winners of the previous season’s Serie A and Coppa Italia competitions. This was Inter Milan‘s 6th such title and made it the then 3rd-most successful team in the competition. He was also a key member of the Inter Milan squad that finished as the runner-up in the 2019-20 season of the UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) Europa League (the 2nd-tier club competition in European soccer, ranking below the UEFA Champions League). For his performances in the tournament, he was included in the ‘Squad of the Season’. With Argentina, Lautaro won the 2022 edition of the FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) World Cup. This was the 3rd time that Argentina had won the tournament – after 1978 and 1986.
Lautaro Javier Martínez
El Toro (The Bull)
Bahía Blanca, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
He splits his time between Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Milan, Lombardy, Italy.
Professional Soccer Player
- Father – Mario Martínez (Professional Soccer Player (Retired))
- Mother – Karina Vanesa Gutiérrez
- Siblings – Jano Martínez (Younger Brother) (Basketball Player), Alan Martínez (Older Brother) (Soccer Player)
- 22 – Argentina
- 32, 10 – Racing Club de Avellaneda
- 10 – Inter Milan
5 ft 9 in or 175 cm
72 kg or 158.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Lautaro has dated –
- Agustina Gandolfo (2018-Present) – Lautaro began dating Argentinian model, TV star, and entrepreneur Agustina Gandolfo in 2018. They have a daughter together named Nina Martínez (b. February 2021).
Race / Ethnicity
He is of Argentinian descent.
- Toned physique
- Side-cropped, spiked hair
- Affable smile
- Clean-shaven look
- Has his left hand covered in tattoos
Lautaro Martínez Facts
- Lautaro’s youth career began in 2013 when, as a 16-year-old, he joined a local club called Liniers de Bahía Blanca. That year, he scored 13 goals for the club in the under-17 league and also scored a goal, albeit in a losing effort, in the final of the National Cup.
- In 2014, he was selected by the youth system of Racing Club de Avellaneda, a professional sports club based in Avellaneda, a city in the Buenos Aires Province. He stayed in the system until 2015 when he was promoted to the club’s senior team.
- In 2015, a deal was struck between Racing Club de Avellaneda and Spanish giants Real Madrid CF for Lautaro to be traded to the latter club but he chose to remain in Argentina. At the international level, Lautaro represented Argentina at the under-20 tier before making his senior national debut in March 2018.
- In 2017, he was the joint-top scorer (with 5 goals) at the South American Under-20 Championship. Argentina finished in 4th place in the competition and qualified for the 2017 edition of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup. In Argentina’s opening match of the 2017 FIFA Under-20 World Cup, against England, Lautaro became the first player ever to be dismissed after a video referral.
- In October 2019, he scored his first goal in the UEFA Champions League (the most prestigious club competition in European soccer) – in a 2-1 group stage away defeat to Spanish titans FC Barcelona. This made him the first Inter Milan player since 1970 to have scored a goal at Camp Nou, the home stadium (since 1957) of FC Barcelona.
- Later in that season of the UEFA Champions League, Lautaro became just the 4th Inter Milan player and the 5th Argentinian player to have scored at least 1 goal in 4 consecutive UEFA Champions League matches.
- In 2021, he won the Copa América, the premier men’s soccer tournament contested between national teams from South America. Played for the first time in 1916, it is the oldest continental soccer competition that is still active. The title was Argentina’s 15th such, tying them with Uruguay as the competition’s most successful team. It was also Argentina’s first major senior-level title since their triumph in the 1993 edition of the Copa América.
- Lautaro scored 3 goals in that tournament including the opening goal in a 1-1 draw in the semi-final against Colombia. He also converted his spot kick in Argentina’s eventual 3-2 penalty shoot-out victory in that match. He had also scored 2 goals in the previous (2019) edition of the tournament where Argentina had finished in 3rd place.
- In March 2022, he scored what was Inter Milan‘s first goal in the knockout phase of the UEFA Champions League in 3,647 days.
- With Argentina, Lautaro also won the 2022 edition of the CONMEBOL-UEFA Cup of Champions. He scored the opening goal and assisted the 2nd goal in Argentina’s 3-0 win over Italy in the trophy decider – a one-off match played between the winners of the Copa América and the UEFA European Championship (also known as the UEFA Euro), the quadrennial international men’s soccer championship of Europe. It was just the 3rd edition of the tournament after 1985 and 1993. Argentina had won the 1993 edition as well.
- At the 2022 edition of the FIFA World Cup, Lautaro scored Argentina’s final penalty in a 4-3 shootout victory over the Netherlands in the quarter-final stage of the tournament after the teams were locked at 2 goals apiece at the end of extra time.
Featured Image by Lautaro Martínez / Instagram