Leonel Vangioni returns to Newell’s Old Boys

Leonel Vangioni returns to Newell’s Old Boys

The former Argentina international who played in Europe for AC Milan arrives on a free transfer and will play once again for his first club.

Leonel “Piri” Vangioni has returned to Newell’s Old Boys, the club where he made his professional debut in November 2006.

He played over 150 games for La Lepra before moving onto River Plate in 2013 and then to AC Milan in 2016. More recently, he helped Monterrey of Mexico to an Apertura title in 2019 before playing in the Copa Sudamericana, a cup which he won with River in 2014, last year for Club Libertad of Paraguay.

With his contract having ended at Libertad, he has made the decision to return home and will reinforce Javier Sanguinetti’s Newell’s squad for 2022. The 34-year-old has signed a contract until the end of the year.

Vangioni is a left-back who can also play in midfield. He has played for Argentina under 3 different coaches. First called up by Diego Maradona in 2009, he also played under the late Alejandro Sabella and the Newell’s icon Gerardo “Tata” Martino.

Welcome home, Piri!

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