Brazil legend Cafu delivers glowing Cristian Romero verdict amid Tottenham and Argentina chaos
Brazil legend Cafu has delivered a glowing verdict of Tottenham's new defensive recruit Cristian Romero amid all the drama and chaos on and off the pitch at this moment with the Argentina situation.
Romero, 23, was involved in the bizarre scenes that occurred in Sao Paolo on Sunday as the World Cup qualifier between Brazil and Argentina was suspended after officials from ANVISA - Brazil's national health surveillance agency - walked on to the pitch.
ANVISA claimed that the four Premier League players involved in Argentina's squad - Lo Celso, Romero and Aston Villa's Emiliano Buendia and Emiliano Martinez - had entered the country without declaring that they had arrived from the UK, a country which requires isolation upon arrival in Brazil for 14 days.
football.london understands that the north London duo are set to receive a fine for going against Spurs' advice of staying put during this international break due to Covid-19 complications.
Away from the ongoing drama, one bit of positive news for Romero comes in the form of positive feedback from the one and only Cafu.
The former Milan fullback chose the Tottenham player as one of those who did best at the Copa America, in which Argentina were crowned champions after beating Brazil at the Maracanã Stadium.
“There are several young players who deserve to be highlighted,” said Cafu, via Mundo Deportivo.
“For Brazil, I was impressed by Lucas Paquetá, for example. Also the Colombian Luis Díaz, MVP of the tournament, and Cristian Romero, from Argentina, who had a very good game in the final.”
At the young age of 23-years-old, the Argentine has only featured so far for his country 13 times at all levels.
For Spurs, in the short time that he has been in north London so far, the former Atalanta defender has only made a total of three appearances in all competitions with the favoured duo of Davinson Sanchez and Eric Dier keeping Romero out of the starting line-up in the Premier League.
His recent actions of travelling to a red-listed country now means that the former Serie-A central defender could miss a selection of Tottenham's upcoming games, with a London derby against Crystal Palace awaiting this weekend.
Martinez, who is set to miss Aston Villa's away trip to Stamford Bridge on Saturday, tried to explain on social media why the players, including the Spurs duo of Romero and Lo Celso, made the decision they did to travel and join their international team-mates.
The ex-Arsenal shot stopper explained: "The four of us from England decided to leave (to join Argentina) for the love of the shirt. As much as those from the Premier League did not want to come, we still decided to travel. After winning the Copa America, everyone wanted to be in the group."