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Facundo Pellistri
Pellistri with Uruguay at the 2022 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Facundo Pellistri Rebollo[1]
Date of birth (2001-12-20) 20 December 2001 (age 22)
Place of birth Montevideo, Uruguay
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[2]
Position(s) Right winger
Team information
Current team
Manchester United
Youth career
La Picada
River Plate Montevideo
2012–2019 Peñarol
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2019–2020 Peñarol 30 (1)
2020– Manchester United 13 (0)
2021Alavés (loan) 12 (0)
2021–2022Alavés (loan) 21 (0)
2024Granada (loan) 15 (2)
International career
2017 Uruguay U16 2 (0)
2022– Uruguay 26 (2)
Medal record
Men's football
Representing  Uruguay
Copa América
Third place 2024 United States
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 01:00, 1 July 2024 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 02:30, 14 July 2024 (UTC)

Facundo Pellistri Rebollo (Spanish pronunciation: [faˈkundo peˈlistɾi]; born 20 December 2001) is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays as a right winger for Premier League club Manchester United and the Uruguay national team.

Born in Montevideo, Pellistri is a graduate of Peñarol's youth system. He made 37 first-team appearances for the club and was named in the Uruguayan Primera División Team of the Season in 2019. He transferred to Manchester United in October 2020, for a fee of £9 million. Since joining United, he has had two loan spells at Spanish club Alavés, where he made 35 appearances in total.

Pellistri represented Uruguay at under-16 level, before making his senior international debut in January 2022. He played for Uruguay at the 2022 FIFA World Cup and the 2024 Copa América.

Early life and education[edit]

Pellistri was born on 20 December 2001 in the capital city of Montevideo to a family of Spanish and Italian descent. His father, Marcelo, is an accountant and his mother, Lucía (née Rebollo), is a pediatrician.[3] Along with his native Uruguayan passport, Pellistri also holds a Spanish passport through his father's grandmother, a native of the municipality of A Coruña in Galicia.[4] The lead singer of Uruguayan rock band La Vela Puerca, Sebastián Teysera, is Pellistri's godfather.[5]

Pellistri was privately educated at two institutions in the Pocitos neighbourhood: St Brendan's School for his early years, where he first learned English, and then Ivy Thomas Memorial School for high school.[6] His strongest subject at school was mathematics. In 2019, Pellistri graduated from a pre-architectural study program.[3][7]

Club career[edit]

Peñarol[edit]

Pellistri is a youth academy graduate of Peñarol, who he joined in 2012,[8] having previously played youth football for La Picada and River Plate Montevideo.[9] He made his professional debut on 11 August 2019, in Peñarol's 2–2 draw against Defensor Sporting.[10] He scored his first goal on 6 November 2019, in a 3–1 win against Cerro.[11] For his performances in his debut season in the Uruguayan Primera División, he was named in the Equipo Ideal del Campeonato Uruguayo (Ideal Team of the Uruguayan Championship) in December 2019.[12]

Manchester United[edit]

Pellistri joined Manchester United on 5 October 2020, for a reported transfer fee of £9 million, on a five-year contract.[13][14][15] Diego Forlán, who was then managing Peñarol, endorsed Pellistri in a conversation with Manchester United manager and former teammate Ole Gunnar Solskjær, comparing the young player to Ryan Giggs and emphasizing his ability to speak English.[16] His first pre-season goal was on 18 July 2021, against Derby County, in a 2–1 away win at Pride Park.[17]

Loan to Alavés[edit]

On 31 January 2021, Pellistri joined Deportivo Alavés on loan for the remainder of the season.[18][19] He returned to United to play in their summer pre-season matches, before going back on loan to Alavés in August for the 2021–22 season.[20]

2022–23 season[edit]

Pellistri made his competitive debut for Manchester United on 10 January 2023, coming on as a substitute and assisting the second goal in a 3–0 EFL Cup win over Charlton Athletic.[21] Pellistri made his Premier League debut on 8 February 2023, coming on as a substitute in a 2–2 draw against Leeds United.[22] On 17 March 2023, Pellistri made his first senior start for United, against Real Betis in the UEFA Europa League.[23]

On 20 September 2023, Pellistri made his UEFA Champions League debut against Bayern Munich, in the group stage, at Allianz Arena.[24]

Loan to Granada[edit]

On 31 January 2024, Pellistri joined Granada on a loan deal until the end of the season.[25] On 11 February, Pellistri netted his first goal for Granada in a La Liga game against Barcelona, which ended in a 3–3 stalemate.[26][27]

International career[edit]

Pellistri lining up for Uruguay in 2022

Pellistri is a former Uruguayan youth international, having made two appearances at under-16 level in 2017.[10] He was called up to the senior team for the first time on 7 January 2022, for the World Cup qualifying matches against Paraguay and Venezuela.[28][29][30] He made his full international debut on 27 January, in a 1–0 away win against Paraguay.[31]

Pellistri was included in the squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.[32] He started and played for 88 minutes in Uruguay's first game of the tournament, against South Korea, before being replaced by Guillermo Varela.[33] Pellistri scored his first international goal for Uruguay against Mexico in a friendly match on 5 June 2024 at Empower Field at Mile High in the United States. He also contributed an assist for Darwin Núñez in his hat-trick for a 4-0 win.[34]

Style of play[edit]

A winger, Pellistri has been praised highly for his agility, versatility, dribbling skills, technique, and strategic vision on the field. He has received praise from world-class footballers such as Diego Forlan and Juan Román Riquelme.[35][36]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 24 May 2024[37]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National cup League cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Peñarol 2019 Uruguayan Primera División 18 1 0 0 2[a] 0 20 1
2020 Uruguayan Primera División 12 0 5[b] 1 17 1
Total 30 1 5 1 2 0 37 2
Manchester United U21 2020–21 2[c] 1 2 1
2022–23 1[c] 0 1 0
Total 3 1 3 1
Manchester United 2020–21 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021–22 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022–23 Premier League 4 0 1 0 2 0 3[d] 0 10 0
2023–24 Premier League 9 0 1 0 1 0 3[e] 0 14 0
Total 13 0 2 0 3 0 6 0 24 0
Alavés (loan) 2020–21 La Liga 12 0 0 0 12 0
2021–22 La Liga 21 0 2 0 23 0
Total 33 0 2 0 35 0
Granada (loan) 2023–24 La Liga 15 2 15 2
Career total 91 3 4 0 3 0 11 1 5 1 114 5
  1. ^ One appearance each in Torneo Clausura decider and championship play-off
  2. ^ Appearances in Copa Libertadores
  3. ^ a b Appearance(s) in EFL Trophy
  4. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  5. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League

International[edit]

As of match played 13 July 2024[38]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Uruguay 2022 10 0
2023 8 0
2024 8 2
Total 26 2
Scores and results list Uruguay's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Pellistri goal.
List of international goals scored by Facundo Pellistri
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1 5 June 2024 Empower Field at Mile High, Denver, United States  Mexico 2–0 4–0 Friendly [39]
2 27 June 2024 MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, United States  Bolivia 1–0 5–0 2024 Copa América

Honours[edit]

Manchester United

Uruguay

Individual

References[edit]

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