Manchester City star Julian Alvarez had a pretty good World Cup. The Citizens forward scored four goals and provided one assist to help his country to their first world title in 36 years. But after returning to his native land, he found himself at the center of an unpleasant scandal.
Julián was greeted by the Argentines as a hero, but a video featuring him changed the mood a bit. The reason – his girlfriend – Maria Emilia Ferrero.
In the video in question, which already has thousands of shares on social networks, the girl does everything possible to protect Alvarez from fans and prevent them from taking pictures with him.
Maria allows the little fans only one or two group photos with Julian, although many of the little ones want to take individual photos with their idol.
Repudiable la actitud de LA NOVIA DE julian alvarez.
¿tanto te puede molestar un nito de 8 años pidiéndole un autografo? pic.twitter.com/Jjy9usxiUA
— #ElMasGrandeLejos 👑 (@MasGrandeRP) December 25, 2022
“Guys, one more picture and that’s it. We have to go,” Maria says in the video.
One of the fans waiting for an autograph and personal photo with Julián felt so hurt that he started a petition for Alvarez to break up with the girl. It turns out that the fan in question was not the only one outraged by Maria’s behavior, and the petition has already been signed by over 20,000 people.
A few days later, Ferrero found out about the resentment against him and decided to clarify what had happened.
“Hello! I thought it necessary to explain the situation and give some context,” she wrote. “The other day, we had dinner with my family. At two in the morning, a group of girls and boys surrounded our house. Most of them are my students, whom I trust.
As we were leaving, Julian decided to greet them. We also decided to take a group photo with the world champion as a souvenir. I was just trying to organize them, that’s all. I’m sorry if my reaction came across as inappropriate. I hope you understand me.”
Maria is also an athlete. She played field hockey professionally for a while, but is now a PE teacher.
Of course, hardly anyone believes that Alvarez will obey the signatures on the petition and abandon his girlfriend. He and Maria welcomed the new year together, and during the holidays they also released a lot of photos next to each other.
Alvarez has now returned to England, where he appeared as a substitute for the last three minutes of the 1–1 draw on 31 December. The striker was given a fitting welcome by the Etihad fans, but they were then left disappointed by the result against the Toffees.