MILAN - Matias Vecino was the mystery player fans were asked to guess in today’s quiz on our Instagram story. The clues about our midfielder were the following:
- He played for three Italian sides before joining Inter;
- He’s scored three goals this season, one of which was a header;
- He now wears a different shirt number to his first season in Nerazzurri.
MORE ABOUT MATIAS
Matias Vecino was born in Canelones, Uruguay, on 24 August 1991, but his origins go back to Italy, in Torella del Sannio in Molise. His footballing journey began in the youth teams of Central Español, a club in Montevideo where he made his first team debut. He moved to Nacional in 2011, spending two seasons at one of Montevideo’s biggest clubs. He then arrived in Europe in 2013, signing for Fiorentina. After making a handful of appearances in a Viola shirt, he was sent out on loan to Cagliari for the second half of the 2013/14 season, where he made nine Serie A appearances and netted two goals. He scored the same amount playing for Empoli in the 2014/15 season. He then returned to the Viola from 2015 to 2017, playing 85 games and scoring six goals. Finally, he arrived at Inter in the summer of 2017. Since his arrival he’s played 94 games in Nerazzurri colours, scoring eleven goals, the biggest of which came at the Olimpico against Lazio in May 2018.
Vecino has scored three goals so far this season: the first came in one of our best bits of play of the year, as he finished off a delightful Nerazzurri move away to Borussia Dortmund with his right foot. His second was a header against Verona to spark a comeback, and his third came in the #DerbyMilano, with a huge goal to make it 2-2 before our 4-2 victory in February.
Matias Vecino wore the number 11 shirt in his first season with Inter. At the start of the 2018/19 season, during our summer tour, Vecino initially opted for the No.6 shirt (one he never wore in a competitive fixture) before settling on No.8, the number which he wears on his back to this day.