Gabriel Alejandro Paletta is an Argentine central defender, who currently plays for Boca Juniors.
Paletta came through the youth teams of Club Atletico Banfield and reached the first team in 2005. When Banfield qualified for the knockout stages of the Copa Libertadores, they altered their 25 man squad for the event to include Paletta and immediately threw him into action against the Colombian team Independiente Medellin. Paletta played well and Banfield progressed, but Paletta was to play no further part in the tournament after being called up to the Argentina Under-20 team to participate in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship.
Paletta started all seven games playing in the heart of the Argentine defence. Argentina, led upfront by Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero went on to win the tournament and Paletta's performances brought him to the attention of Liverpool's scouts.
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