The strange case of Germán Cano and why he was never with the Argentine team

06/07/2023 at 03:43


The fashionable striker in Brazil never got a serious opportunity in Argentina, despite being one of the most prolific goalscorers in the world.

Germán Cano moves in reserved records for the chosen. The Fluminense striker adds a whopping 24 goals in 24 games in 2023, being undoubtedly one of the most coveted players in Latin America. The battering ram, despite these numbers, It has not been called up by Argentina nor is it ever expected to happen.

The player never managed to be a prophet in his land, to such an extent that he had to migrate to Colombia to stand out as the great player we know today. Wearing the Independiente de Medellín jersey, he achieved the impressive figure of 129 goals in 196 games, becoming an idol in the coffee country in two stages that took place between 2012 and 2019 with three seasons of interruption due to a failed adventure in Mexican soccer.

Colombiabefore the decline of Falcao and James Rodríguez, unsuccessfully tried to nationalize the player by not meeting the conditions residence time in the country. Despite the fact that his son was born in Medellín, Germán Cano has not obtained a passport that would have allowed him to debut in national team soccer, given the vacuum that they continued to make him in his native Argentina.

In 2020, the striker decided to take another step in his career by signing for the historic Vasco de Gama of the Brazilian League. There he scored 43 goals in two seasons, but had to suffer a relegation to the Second Division that made him end up in a Fluminense where he has been making history since he arrived in 2022.

Cano’s definitive takeoff

In the Brazilian team, Germán Cano literally broke it by winning all the possible individual prizes of the championship. He entered the ideal eleven, was the top scorer in the League, top scorer in the Cup, top scorer in the entire country (44 goals in one year) and was distinguished as the best player of the season.

It seemed that Germán Cano could have his chance to Redeem yourself with Argentina in the 2022 World Cupbut the coach Lionel Scaloni opted for the backbone of the team that was champion of the Copa América in 2021 (with Leo Messi at the head) and by the young Julián Álvarez before the Fluminense striker.

Spout, now 35, doesn’t count despite his unstoppable stats. The fact is that Scaloni did not miss his goals in Qatar and that his absence served as fuel for a Cano, who is the second top scorer so far in 2023 with 24 goals in 24 games.

Only elite football surpasses him this calendar year by Erling Haaland who is a beast – having scored 25 goals – including a repóker against RB Leipzig in the round of 16 of the Champions League. German Cano, however, He has shown that he has a lot of football ahead of him and that, in times where pure forwards are scarce, he can be a more than valid solution.

Perhaps the misfortune of this soccer player has been an atypical career that has made him a superstar in both Colombia and Brazil, but that he never saw his talent recognized in his native country. Not surprisingly, three of the 278 goals he scored in an official match were scored in an Argentina where he generates mixed feelings, not being recognized by almost anyone as the ‘killer’ that he is.