Argentina defeated reigning champions France 4-2 in a penalty shootout after a dramatic encounter between two Paris Saint-Germain protagonists as Lionel Messi’s brace was eclipsed by Kylian Mbappe’s hattrick, though it wasn’t enough.
The Lilywhites colossus played the full 120 minutes and wasn’t required to take a spot-kick, thanks to Les Blues missing two of their attempts.
Romero had a big part in La Albiceleste’s success in Qatar, having started six of their seven matches, of which two were clean sheets. He very much continued his fine domestic form for Spurs by averaging a 6.78 rating by Sofascore.
Indeed, the aggressive 24-year-old titan was integral to Lionel Scaloni’s build-up play after he averaged 62.1 touches and a 90% passing accuracy per game.
He particularly excelled against the Netherlands in the quarter-finals and Croatia in the semi-finals – across the two matches, Romero registered eight clearances, three tackles and two blocks and one interception, also via Sofascore.
This is great news for Tottenham as it only emphasises the fact that they have hit the jackpot with his signing, having cost a total of €50m (£44m) after sealing a permanent move in the summer following his impressive debut campaign, initially joining on loan from Atalanta.
Romero has been one of Antonio Conte‘s standout players since he took the helm in November 2021 – he’s currently their highest-rated defender in the Premier League this term (WhoScored), and he led the squad for tackles and interceptions per game last season (WhoScored).
His aggressive nature and ball-playing attributes make him an ideal fit for both Conte and the Premier League, something that his former teammate Pierluigi Gollini once alluded to in an interview with the Evening Standard.
“On the pitch, he’s an animal. I think he’s perfect for the Premier League and I think he will become one of the best centre-backs in the world for sure.”
Well, winning the World Cup as a starting centre-back has certainly put him on the path to being just that, if he’s not already as he is in the eyes of Argentine publication La Voz Del Interior.
Their feature lauds the Spurs star as one of the best ‘on the planet’ (via Sport Witness) and one that is set to play for Argentina for years to come.
Thankfully for Conte and the Lilywhites faithful, the £165k-per-week powerhouse is under contract until 2027, having signed a five-year deal in the summer.
CIES Football Observatory currently value the Argentina sensation at €80m (£70m), which is already £27.5m more than what sporting director Fabio Paratici paid for him and this is only going to skyrocket after his recent exploits on the world’s biggest stage.
As such, it’s undeniable that Spurs have struck gold with Romero, who has also been hailed as a “Rolls-Royce of a defender” by former Sky Sports man Adam Smithy,