31 August 2022
The roster of Juventus midfielders has been enhanced with the arrival of Leandro Paredes, who is officially a new Juventus player. The Argentine arrives on loan from Paris-Saint Germain.
Born in San Justo, Argentina, on the 29th June 1994, Leandro returns to Italy after five seasons spent away from Serie A, ready to bring dynamism and energy to Juventus with a combination of determination and quality.
Going back to the beginning, his career began in his homeland of Argentina with the shirt of Boca Juniors. Paredes made his debut in the first team at the age of 16, going on to collect a total of 30 appearances and scoring five goals. Chievo Verona brought him to Italy for the first time, before moving onto Roma and then on loan to Empoli, before returning to the Giallorossi as a key man in their midfield. Here, the call came from Russia and Zenit St. Petersburg, where he went onto make 61 appearances, scoring 10 goals in the process, also winning his first title in the form of the Russian Premier League, which would also be the first of an eventual 11 career titles.
France and specifically Paris would be the next stop in his career, the last one before joining Juventus. With PSG, Paredes won the French Cup twice, the French Super Cup three times, the French League Cup once and the Ligue 1 title three times. He was able to shine in the French top flight and the statistics confirm this: with Leandro completing 91.6 passes on average in 90 minutes - since January 2019. Only Marco Verratti has a better average in the competition (93.6) - and since 2019 he is the third-highest player to have recovered more balls. Quality, but also determination, as highlighted at the beginning.
The Copa America won with Argentina completes his personal trophy haul, a final won alongside Angel Di Maria - who scored the winning goal in the final against Brazil and is now his Juventus teammate again!