The defender, who was wanted long ago by Boca and River, sealed his arrival at Tatengue and brings with him a curious history as a Nacional player.
Union played strong in the transfer market and announced the hiring of the Uruguayan defender Diego polenta, a footballer who some time ago was wanted by both Mouth What River and that brings with him several curious stories during his time as a player of Uruguay National. One of them is the one on the day he threw all the balls into the river, in a match against Rampla Juniors, in 2017.
That afternoon, the defender of the Purse threw four balls into the river after vehemently rejecting each one. Of course, the Rampla court is literally on the banks of the river. “I concentrated with Martín Ligüera. At that moment he tells me: ‘Tomorrow 1-0 and all the balls in the river’. The topic of Rampla was already coming, of going to the Olympic, which was a topic that has been talked about… In the game we were 1-0 or 2-0 and I remembered Martín. I caught and threw two or three balls. The boys from Rampla told me that I was doing it for pleasure. I told them that I was playing soccer“, recalled Polenta in dialogue with triconnected after Nacional announces his return to the club in 2021 with a photo of a ball floating in the Río de la Plata.
The truth is that Polenta made it clear that he didn’t think it was bad for Rampla to take El Bolso to play at the Olímpico, since he believed it was right for them to take the big clubs to those stadiums. But it seems that he didn’t like it very much either and that’s why their puntines to the river resulted in the game being stopped for several minutes, so that the ball catchers can recover the balls that were shipwrecked in the Río de la Plata.
Experience and temperament, the qualities that Diego Polenta brings to Unión
Beyond the curious anecdote of the balls to the Río de La Plata, the truth is that the signing of Diego polenta represents a big step for Union, who bets on the experienced defender to nurture a squad, on average, quite young. Intended for both Mouth as for River in the past, Polenta brings with him an extensive career that allowed him to wear the jerseys of Genoa, Bari, Los Angeles Galaxy and Olympia, in addition to the bag.
At the age of 29, the Uruguayan footballer will sign a contract with Tatengue for one year and his arrival was announced with great fanfare from the club’s social networks. Although initially the idea was for the footballer to join the squad in Uruguay, where they were going to carry out the preseason, the increases in the cases of Covid-19 made the Tatengue change their plans and now They will wait for the medical review to be carried out and then officially add him to the campus.
Boca and River, in the past of Diego Polenta
Although his destiny today is Union, in the past Diego Polenta was wanted by both Boca and River. The Xeneize had set his eyes on the defender at the express request of Guillermo Barros Schelotto when he was in charge of the squad and, although his arrival at the riverside club did not prosper, the Mellizo managed to take him to the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2019, when he began his adventure as a DT in the MLS.
On the river side, Marcelo gallardo he insisted several times for the left-handed center back who is 29 years old today. Back in 2016, the Doll tried to add him but the negotiations with the Bag did not come to fruition. Thus, Polenta stayed in Nacional and then went to soccer in the United States, to later return to the continent with the shirt of Olimpia de Paraguay and, finally, return to Nacional before his arrival in Unión.
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