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Alejandro (Alex) Sabella (born 5 November 1954 in Buenos Aires) is a former Argentine football player.
English club Sheffield United had tried to sign the teenage Diego Maradona from Argentinos Juniors, which did not accept the 180,000 United were offering. So United turned to Sabella, and they signed him for 160,000 on July 19, 1978. He made his debut for the Blades against Leyton Orient on 19 August 1978.
He played for United until 1980, but unfortunately his superb ball control resulted in fewer goals than were expected, just 8 League goals from 76 appearances. After relegation to the Third Division, manager Harry Haslam agreed a fee of 600,000 with Second Division club Sunderland, however, Sabella had ambitions to play in the First Division and refused to go. His final appearance for United came with a goal in the County Cup (a regional competition between South Yorkshire teams) Final victory over Sheffield Wednesday on May 8, 1980.
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