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Guillermo Barros Schelotto

Guillermo Barros Schelotto in is an Argentine footballer who currently plays for Columbus Crew in Major League Soccer.

Born in La Plata, he was born with a twin brother, Gustavo, and was hence nicknamed El Mellizo ("the twin"). He started playing professionally at the end of 1991 with his hometown team Gimnasia y Esgrima de La Plata, where he scored 45 goals in 181 matches in five seasons and in 1993 won the AFA Centenario Cup. On 14 September 1997 he transferred to Primera Division Argentina powerhouse Boca Juniors, for whom he played for almost 10 years. He was considered an idol by Boca fans and in his later years at the club showed his experience whenever he stepped on the pitch. Barros Schelotto remains one of Boca's top scorers in international matches with 25 goals, just one goal behind former teammate Martin Palermo.

In 1996, he was offered to play for River Plate, but after club icon Enzo Francescoli was not happy with the potential signing, the deal collapsed. In mid-1997, Boca Juniors showed interest for him and his brother Gustavo. It was like that that Barros Schelotto twins arrived to Boca teaming up to a former rival: Martin Palermo, Gimnasia's archrival Estudiantes de La Plata former player. The three of them were repeatedly recommended to Boca by Diego Maradona, who was playing his last season for the Buenos Aires team, retiring on October the same year. Once in Boca, he made his debut as a substitute for Claudio Caniggia, scoring on 14/9/97 against Newell's Old Boys in a 2-1 victory.

Related websites

Barros Schelotto es el nuevo MVP de la MLS

Columbus Crew profile

MLS player profile

Footballdatabase profile and statistics

Official fan page

Go-to Guille: Catching up with arguably MLS biggest impact import: Southamericanfutbol.com

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