Leandro González Pírez: The Definitive Move to River Plate and Legacy in MLS

Argentinian defender leaves his mark on Major League Soccer before solidifying his return to local soccer
Inter Miami CF v Atlanta United FC
Inter Miami CF v Atlanta United FC / Carmen Mandato/GettyImages

Another thrilling chapter in Leandro González Pírez's career unfolds with the confirmation of his permanent transfer from Inter Miami CF to River Plate. The news, announced last Saturday, cements the return of the talented Argentine center-back to his homeland, concluding his nearly two-year journey in the United States.

At 31 years old, González Pírez, initially on loan to River Plate, has seen his move become permanent, marking the end of a remarkable cycle in Major League Soccer (MLS). Over five seasons in the North American league, the defender contributed an impressive 5 goals and 11 assists in 141 regular-season matches. His stint with Atlanta United, where he won the MLS Cup in 2018, and the subsequent transition to Inter Miami during the 2020 expansion year, added even more luster to his career.

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Leandro González Pírez
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In addition to his notable on-field performance, González Pírez also left his mark as a respected player, earning an MLS All-Star nomination in 2019. His solid defensive ability, coupled with exemplary leadership, contributed not only to the success of the teams he was a part of but also to raising the level of soccer played in the United States.

His brief stint with Club Tijuana in Liga MX added an international dimension to his career, highlighting the player's versatility and global reach. Now, with his return to River Plate, González Pírez will have the opportunity to solidify his position as one of the most respected defenders in the South American scene.