Lionel Scaloni, the Argentine head coach was full of praise for his team after they beat France in the World Cup final and brought home the trophy after 36 long years.
The credit however goes to him as well for bringing the much-needed unity and game plan that was needed to bring this group of talented players together as a team.
Not having much experience as a manager previously he was not very famous and highly underrated until he took charge of the national team Argentina. Here are some interesting facts about the World Cup winning manager:-
1. He himself was a football player back in the day.
Now a manager, Scaloni was a very skillful footballer in his time and had good abilities. Lionel was a mighty defender and his current managing style reflects some aspects of how he used to play on the field.
2. He is the fifth youngest manager to win a World Cup.
At 44 years old, Lionel Scaloni only took charge of Argentina in 2018 after their World Cup exit. He had little to no managerial experience prior to taking up the job in Argentina.
3. He played in the Premier League, La Liga, and Serie A.
The Argentine manager played for Lazio in Serie A, Deportivo La Coruna in La Liga, and for a brief period for West Ham in the Premier League. He had a solid resume as a player, playing in these top-tier leagues.
4. Argentina was the first team that appointed him as head coach.
After having fulfilled the role of an assistant manager at Sevilla Fc under Jorge Sampaoli, he was appointed as full-time manager of the Argentina u-20. Only 15 days after his appointment, he was called up to be the manager of the senior national team.
5. He has won the La Liga and Spanish Cup with a club.
As a player, he won the La Liga trophy and the Spanish Cup with Deportivo La Coruna. He did not win any other trophy with a club as a manager.
6. His first major success was the 2021 Copa America title with Argentina.
In 2021, he led Argentina to the Copa America trophy after beating Brazil in the final. It was a major achievement for Argentina and Messi with the national team after many years.
7. He was nominated for the Best FIFA Football Coach Award in 2021.
Following his success with the Argentine national team in Copa America, he was nominated for the Best FIFA football coach award but was unable to win it.
8. He has a win percentage of 70% as Argentina’s manager.
Lionel Scaloni has an amazing win percentage of 70% winning 40 out of the 57 matches he was in charge and losing just 5 of them.
9. Scaloni has a net worth of 1,000,000 USD.
Lionel Scaloni has a net worth amounting to 1,000,000 USD most of which comes from his salary or daily wages.
10. His highest transfer market value as a player was a little more than 7 million USD.
As a player his transfer value peaked when he was loaned to West Ham, to reach a little over 7 million U.S dollars.