In the game for third place between Argentina and Chile, Argentina came out victorious by 2-1. But rather than the game, two players went viral for the game but for all wrong reasons. Gary Medel and Lionel Messi stole the spotlight from yesterday’s match.
Gary Medel is a Chilean player who represented Chile in the Copa American 2019 as a midfielder. And well, Lionel Messi needs no introduction. Gary Medel became the sensation overnight for his confrontation with the World-Class player.
Let’s know more about the player, Gary Medel, who notoriously went viral for the wrong reasons.
But before we go into the issue, let’s know some facts about Gary Medel.
Gary Medel: Quick Facts
|Full Name:||Gary Alexis Medel Soto|
|Birth Date:||August 2, 1987|
|Birth Place:||Santiago, Chile|
|Height:||5 feet 7 inches (1.71m)|
|Weight:||64 Kgs (143 lbs)|
|Position:||Defensive Midfielder, Defender|
|Club:||Chile National Football Team, Besiktas, J.K. Football Team|
Copa America: Messi and Gary Medel receive red cards
Between Chile’s and Argentina’s game, Gary Medel became viral overnight, but all for the wrong reasons. On July 7, 2019, the game was held to determine the winner for the bronze medal of Copa America. But the game got heated as World-class star Messi, and Gray Medel confronted each other during the game.
The confrontation happened during the first half when Argentina was leading the game with 2-0. Chile had the pressure to lead the game while Argentina was struggling to maintain the lead.
Around 37 minutes in the game, Messi was chasing the ball in the box when right at that time, he seemed to have nudged the player. Gary reacted aggressively, which created chaos in the field. And finally, both the players were given red cards and ejected from the game.
The event was heavily criticized by the people in the media and fans, respectively, for the unfair treatment towards Argentina and the player. Messi even refused to participate in the award ceremony in response to the committee’s behavior towards his team.
Messi said, as quoted by Spanish media outlet AS,
“We don’t need to part of the corruption that we’ve suffered at this tournament.”
So far, this is the second red card for Messi after his red card in 2005. The final game for Copa America is to be held between Brazil and Peru.
But unlike Messi, it was not the second red card for Gary Medel. According to Statbunker.com, it was Gary’s first-ever red card in his football career. However, Gary has already received 6 yellow cards to date.
Gary Medel Wiki-Bio
Gary Medel was born on August 3, 1987, in Santiago, Chile, as Gary Alexis Medel Soto. There is not much information about the player’s family and educational background, including his parent’s name and whereabouts.
The Chilean born has an average height of 5 feet 7 inches (1.71m) and weighs around 64 kgs(143 lbs). He is a professional footballer who is currently playing for Turkish club Besiktas as a defensive midfielder. Moreover, Gary can also play as a defender and has even played as center-back and midfield throughout his career.
Furthermore, Gary has represented his country Chile at two FIFA World Cups and three Copa America tournaments.
Gary Medel: Professional Life
Gary officially started his career as a footballer by joining the Universidad Catolica at the age of 12. From then on, Gary had only faced success and thrived as an important player for the club.
Throughout his career, Gary has played for many clubs, including Sevilla in 2011-2013, Cardiff City from 2013-2014, Inter Milan from 2014-2017, and finally for Besiktas since 2017. He is reportedly signed with Turkish Super Lig champions Besiktas for a reported $3,756,597 million for three years.
Gary made his international debut for Chile in March 2007, with a friendly match against Argentina. Later that year, He played in the U-20 World Cup held in Canada. Apart from that, Gary has represented Chile in many international tournaments and fields.
Similarly, Gary made his debut for Chile in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Bolivia and won the game by 2-0, both scored by him. Likewise, Gary was also in the Chile National Team for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification as a prominent part of the team.
Due to his resilience, strong work ethic, physicality, and tenacity, as well as his leadership on the pitch, he is nicknamed Pitbull. Moreover, his manager described Medel as a warrior in 2015.
Gary Medel: Personal Life
As of 2019, the Chilean player is married to his wife, Cristina Morales, who is a Journalist. The player tied the knot with Cristina in the year 2017. Other than that, no additional information has been given about his wife.
So far, the couple has been blessed with Alejandro Isaac Medel Henriquez, Agustina Medel, Gary Stevens Medel Henriquez, and Medel Morales.
Net Worth and Income
As of 2019, the net worth of the Chilean player is estimated to be $1 million. In fact, Gary reportedly made 1.8 million euros as a salary in 2014.
As already mentioned above, Gary has signed a 3 million dollar contract with Turkish team Besiktas for three years. So, we can assume he is living a luxurious life as of today.
Social Media Presence
Instagram– 2.7 million Followers
Twitter– 1.7 million Followers