A professional football player from Argentina, Andres Nicolas D’Alessandro plays as an attacking midfielder or wide out on the wing. D’Alessandro was considered one of the biggest talents to come out of Argentina but failed to live up to the heights that he was expected to grow. Nevertheless, he has shown tremendous ability when dribbling or passing the ball in tight spaces.
D’Alessandro began his youth career with the academy at River Plate. He moved to the first team in 2000 and almost instantly became a hit in the first team. From 2000 to 2003, D’Alessandro played over 70 games for the team and scored 19 goals. In 2003, he was also picked up by the national team to make his debut.
In 2003, D’Alessandro made his move to Europe and turned out for VFL Wolfsburg. Between 2003 and 2007, he played 61 games and scored 8 times, but failed to attain the heights of effectiveness that was expected of him. That resulted in two loan moves – the first to Portsmouth in 2006 and then to Real Zaragoza in 2006-07.
In both moves, D’Alessandro failed to make too many waves but he did manage to play regularly for both those sides.
In 2008, D’Alessandro returned to Argentina and signed for Club Atletico San Lorenzo. However, his stay didn’t last too long as after 15 games, Internacional came calling. Immediately, D’Alessandro helped the side win the 2008 Copa Sudamericana title. He then helped the team win 3 Campeonato Gaucho titles in 2009, 2011 and 2012.
In his 177 appearances in the league, D’Alessandro scored 39 goals for Internacional, helping the side win the 2010 Copa Libertadores and the 2011 Recopa Sudamericana.
At the international level, D’Alessandro won the 2001FIFA Under-20 World Cup before leading the side to the 2004 Summer Olympics Gold Medal. For the senior side, he has made 28 appearances and scored 3 goals for the team.
He was named the winner of the Bronze Ball at the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup and also the 2010 South American Football Player of the Year.