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Renato Tapia and the selected ones who made the best decisions after the World Cup in Russia

In June of next year it will be four years since the peruvian team disputed the World Cup Russia 2018, a historical event that mobilized more than 60 thousand Peruvians to the distant European country.

How have the Peruvian footballers who were in the games against Denmark, France and Australia fared? Judging by what we have been doing in the Qualifiers for Qatar, the result of these four years has been positive. But in this note we have selected the five who made the best decisions for their careers – not to say that the others were bad decisions – after what happened in Saransk, Yekaterinburg and Sochi.

Renato tapia

The Peruvian team midfielder had good games with Feyenoord from the Netherlands after the 2018 World Cup in Russia and received offers from different leagues. He had already completed his contract and was a free player. They wanted him from China, from Major League Soccer and also from the Premier League. But finally he decided on Celta de Vigo of the Spanish League. In July 2020 he signed for the Spanish club, where his game has been enhanced. He is no longer just a great ball retriever. Technically he has improved a lot, so he gives his team a clean start. In the selection it is also a guarantee of this. In two seasons, He already has more than 50 games played with the Spanish First Division team.

Anderson Santamaria

After losing continuity at Puebla, Anderson Santamaría went to Atlas FC at the beginning of 2019, his best decision was to stay at the red-black club. Not only has he played more than 65 games with the ‘Zorros’ jersey, but he won the 2021 title and he was one of the best players of the team in the season. Has been chosen in the The ideal eleven of the 2021 Mexican tournament and they have already renewed their contract for four more years. In the club they have described it as “non-transferable”. In the national team he had some difficult games, with specific errors that led him to lose the title, but it is very likely that Ricardo Gareca gives the defender of Tingo María another chance.

André Carrillo

Much was said about the decision of André Carrillo, one of Peru’s best players at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, to go to football in Saudi Arabia. He was expected to reach a club in the Premier League, the Spanish League or another major European championship. Even Gareca spoke on the subject. Four years later, We could say that Carillo’s decision was good at Al Hilal. He has won four local and two international titles. He has scored more than 23 goals and provided more than 24 assists. His best numbers since he is in professional football. In the national team, his growth has also been remarkable and he is on the verge of playing his second Club World Cup. Together with Cueva, he is one of the most influential footballers in the ‘Tigre’ team.

Pedro Aquino

The former Sporting Cristal player stayed in Mexico to continue growing. After the World Cup, he established himself in León and in 2020 he won the Liga MX. That allowed him to be hired by one of the biggest teams in the world: America. With ‘Las Águilas’ He has played more than 35 games, most of them as a starter in a squad with several figures, foreign soccer players and a lot of competition. His good performances both there and in the Peruvian team, have generated that he is being observed by Premier League teams. In America they want to have him by 2022, but if the offer is good, they may let him go. For the 26-year-old footballer it would be the most important leap of his career.

Pedro Aquino could reach the English Premier League.  (Photo: Agencies)

Yoshimar Yotún

In December 2018, months after the World Cup, the left-handed midfielder of the Peruvian team signed for Cruz Azul of Mexico. In two seasons, He played almost 100 games with the ‘Cement Machine’ and won four titles. Three national tournaments: the Mexican Super Cup, the MX League and the Campeón de Campeones tournament. And one international: La Leagues Cup. In addition, he has won different individual distinctions with the Peruvian team. He was chosen in the ideal eleven of the Copa América 2021 by Conmebol, he was the player with the most accurate passes and with the most recoveries from the same tournament. Today he is without a club, because his departure from Cruz Azul has already been confirmed, but he has offers from Mexico, the United States and other countries.


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