Luciano Darío Vietto ( Spanish pronunciation: [luˈsjano ðaˈɾi.o ˈβjeto] ; born 5 December 1993) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a striker Premier League club Fulham.


Club career

Early career

Vietto was born in the small town of Balnearia in the Province of Córdoba . He joined his local team Independiente de Balnearia at the age of seven.

At the age of 15, Vietto joined Argentine Primera División club Estudiantes , [8] but was released two years later. He subsequently moved to Racing Club 's youth academy, after a failed trial at Rosario Central . [9]

Racing Club

In 2011 Vietto signed his first professional contract, and was called up to the main squad by manager Diego Simeone on 25 October. [10] He made his professional debut on a day later, coming on as a late substitute in a 1–1 home draw against Lanús . [11]

Vietto was handed his first start on 3 September 2012, scoring his first professional goals (and his first hat-trick ) in a 3–1 home success over San Martín de San Juan . [12] He became a regular starter under Luis Zubeldía and contributed with 13 goals during the campaign , as his side only finished fifth. [13]

After attracting interest European clubs such as Premier League club Liverpool and Serie A champions Juventus , [14] Vietto signed a four-year contract extension with Racing on 26 March 2013. [15]

Vietto appeared in 35 matches in 2013–14 , scoring five times. Highlights included a brace in a 3–1 away win against Gimansia La Plata on 2 November 2013. [16]

Villarreal

On 4 August 2014, Vietto signed a five-year deal with La Liga side Villarreal CF , [18] for a rumoured 5.5 million fee. [19] He made his debut for the club on the 21st, coming on as a second-half substitute for Ikechukwu Uche in a 3–0 Europa League play-off victory over Astana , [20] before scoring twice in the return leg at home. [21]

Vietto made his La Liga debut on 24 August, replacing Giovani dos Santos for the last 10 minutes of a 2–0 away win against Valencian rivals Levante UD . [22] On 21 September he scored his first goals in the competition, netting a brace in a 4–2 home win over Rayo Vallecano . [23]

Vietto added another double on 21 December, in a 3–0 win against the Deportivo de La Coruña also at the Estadio El Madrigal . [24] He finished the month with three goals, with his side moving to sixth position, and earning him the honour of La Liga Player of the Month . [25]

Atlético Madrid

On 22 June 2015, Villarreal confirmed Vietto had joined Atlético Madrid for a fee reported to be in the region of €20 million. [26] [8] Vietto scored his first goal for Atlético on 4 October 2015 as he tapped in a cross from Jackson Martínez to equalize against archrivals Real Madrid in a league match that eventually ended 1–1.

Sevilla (loan)

On 30 July 2016, Atlético Madrid and Sevilla FC reached an agreement for the loan of Vietto with an option to buy.[8] On 9 August 2016, he made his debut for Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup final. They played Champions League winners Real Madrid in an all-Spanish final. Unfortunately Vietto and Sevilla were beaten 3-2 after extra time.[33]​ He made his La Liga debut for Sevilla on 20 August. In a perfect start to his La Liga career, he scored 2 goals in the 6-4 win against Espanyol.[33]​ On 17 September 2016, he scored again, this time in the 1-1 draw with SD Eibar.[33]​ On 29 October, he scored a goal in the 1-1 draw against Sporting Gijon.[33]​ On 2 November, he scored in the 4-0 Champions League Group H win against Dinamo Zagreb.[33]​  On 17 December 2016, he scored 2 goals in the 4-1 win against Malaga.[33]​ On 21 December, he scored a hat-rick in the amazing 9-1 Copa Del Rey win against Formentera.[33]​ In total, he played 31 games, scoring 10 goals in his season long loan at Sevilla.

Return to Atletico Madrid

On his return to Atletico, he was mainly used as a substitute, although he did come on in many games. On 9 January 2018, he scored a hatrick in the 4-0 Copa Del Rey win against Las Palmas.[34]​ On 11 February, he scored his first La Liga goal since returning to Atletico in the 3-1 home win against Levante.[34]​ On 12 May, he scored his fifth and final goal of the season. It was the penultimate game of the season and he scored the only goal of the game as Atletico beat Girona 1-0.[34]​ It was his last goal for the Spanish club before they loaned him out again, this time to Fulham for a season.[35]

Fulham (loan)

After signing for Fulham on 9 August 2018, he made his debut just 2 days later. It came in the 2-0 Premier League defeat to London rivals Crystal Palace.[36]​ 

International career

Youth teams

On 9 January 2013, Vietto made his international debut for the Argentina national under-20 team against Chile at the year 's South American Youth Championship . [8] He scored his first goal four days later, but in a 1–2 loss against Paraguay , and finished the tournament with two goals in four games.

Career statistics

As of 2 June 2017 [8]
Club Season League National Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Racing Club 2011–12 Primera División 2 0 1 0 3 0
2012–13 Primera División 32 13 1 0 1 0 34 13
2013–14 Primera División 35 5 0 0 1 0 36 5
Total 69 18 2 0 2 0 73 18
Villarreal 2014–15 La Liga 32 12 4 0 12 8 48 20
Atletico Madrid 2015–16 La Liga 19 1 4 1 5 1 28 3
Sevilla FC 2016–17 La Liga 21 6 5 3 5 1 31 10
Career total 141 37 15 4 24 10 180 51

Honours

Club

Atletico Madrid
Individual

Notes

  1. In isolation, Darío and Vietto are pronounced [daˈɾi.o] and [ˈbjeto] respectively.