Playing for Argentina side by side with the legend Leo Messi, and years later driving a taxi. This is not fiction, but the fate of Jose Luis Gomez.
The former Gauchos right-back played for his country at the Rio Olympics in 2016. A year later, he wore the white and sky blue alongside the 8-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Gomez’s joy at his official debut for the Albiceleste in control against Brazil in 2017 quickly turned into a real nightmare. The full back suffered a serious injury to his left knee.
Due to the injury, Gomez was never the same player and logically did not get into Argentina’s squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. His career appears to be coming to an end.
Otherwise, the right back is a Racing teenager. After joining Lanus, he won three trophies – championship, cup and supercup.
In 2016, many pointed to Jose Luis Gomez as one of the pearls of Argentina and saw no competition in his position. Barca is following him closely and is preparing an offer.
“We have always been a humble family. After training, he often used his car to earn extra money. He also did it at night,” reveals his father.
At the beginning of 2022, already several years after the serious injury, Jose Luis Gomez gets the opportunity to return to his native Racing. His contract expired in December of that year and was not renewed.
In addition to being a taxi driver, he currently works as a personal trainer. At 30 years old, Messi’s former teammate expects to receive some kind of offer that could possibly restart his career.
His last official match in elite football was with Lanus’ team in 2021 for the Copa Sudamericana – a 1-2 loss to Gremio.