Player profile

Gabriel Paletta

Birthdate: 15 February 1986
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Other clubs: Club Atlético Banfield (2002-06), Boca Juniors (2007-10), Parma (2010-)
Bought from: Club Atlético Banfield
Signed for LFC: £2m, 04.07.2006
International debut: 05.03.2014 vs. Spain
International caps: 1/0
Liverpool debut: 25.10.2006
Last appearance: 05.05.2007
Debut goal: 25.10.2006
Last goal: 25.10.2006
Contract expiry: 26.08.2007
Win ratio: 50% W: 4 D: 0 L: 4
Games/goals ratio: 8
LFC league games/goals: 3 / 0
Total LFC games/goals: 8 / 1

Player profile

Paletta starred for the Argentinian under-20 team, that won the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship, alongside starlets such as Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero. He had come a long way in one year, having established himself at Banfield, a small club in the greater Buenos Aires. Liverpool's scouts were impressed by the towering centre-half and wasted no time signing him. BBC'S South American expert, Tim Vickery, was impressed by the highly-promising defender, but felt at the time Paletta needed "some more mileage before making the move across the Atlantic." He also said: "Paletta is one of those complicated South American cases of a player whose registration is not wholly owned by a club. There are other investors involved, who typically prefer short-term profit to long term career development. Instead he has skipped a stage. Finance has won over football." Vickery proved to be right to assume that Paletta would struggle. He played eight times in Liverpool's first team in his only season at Anfield, mainly in the League Cup but also in the Premier League towards the end of the season when Rafa Benítez had one eye on the upcoming Champions League final when it came to team selection. The young Argentinian clearly had difficulty in adapting to English football, which was painfully clear during Liverpool's 6-3 loss to Arsenal at Anfield in the fifth round of the League Cup.

Paletta joined Boca Juniors at the start of the 2007/08 season. He helped Boca reach the semi-final of the 2008 Copa Libertadores, where the Buenos Aires club lost 5-3 on aggregate to the Brazilians from Fluminense. In July 2010 Paletta left for Italian Serie A club Parma. The Argentinian was clearly more ready now than four years earlier to leave his homeland. He has become a firm fixture in the middle of Parma's defence, making over 100 appearances in three years. Paletta was so impressive that the Italian national team utilised the fact that his great-grandfather, Vicenzo, was born in Crotone, Calabria before he emigrated to Argentina. Paletta made his international debut for Italy in a 1-1 friendly against Spain on 5 March 2014.

Appearances per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals303208
2006-2007 303208
2007-2008 000000

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

TotalOpponent
1Portsmouth
1Arsenal
1Birmingham City
1Fulham
1Wigan Athletic
1Galatasaray
1PSV Eindhoven
1Reading
Total Started/substitutions
6 Started
10 On the bench
2 Substitute
Substituted

Goals per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals001001
2006-2007 001001
2007-2008 000000

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

TotalTeam
1 Reading
TotalStarted/substitutions
1Started
0Substitute
TotalCompetition
1League Cup
TotalGoal minute period
01-15
016-30
031-45
146-60 minutes
061-75
076-90
091-120
TotalOpen play/Penalty
1Open play
0Penalty

Wartime Appearances / Goals

SeasonAppearancesGoals
No records to display.

Stats note

Milestone Appearances

#DateAgainstStadiumCompetition
125.10.2006ReadingAnfieldLeague Cup

Milestone Goals

#MinuteDateAgainstStadiumCompetition
14925.10.2006ReadingAnfieldLeague Cup

Related Articles

Paletta's problem

By Tim Vickery - BBC's South American football reporter on 26th of December 2006.More

Hardman Paletta lets his game do all the talking

By Chris Wheeler, Daily Mail 24th July 2006.More

Who is Gabriel Paletta? - The lowdown on Liverpool's new Argentine defender

By Tim Vickery South American football reporter on BBC.More

Related Quotes

"Paletta is very tough and he's exactly the sort of player we need who will suit the Premiership. When you talk about the Argentinean defenders I worked with in Valencia, Paletta is more like Roberto Ayala than Mauricio Pellegrino. If you're talking about Liverpool, he's more like Jamie Carragher than Sami Hyypia. This is good because we will have a balance in the style of defenders."

Rafa on Paletta at his arrival to Liverpool

The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
2006-2007 29 Defender
2007-2008 29 Defender
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.

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