Alexis McAllister is one of Argentina’s best players at the World Cup… but with a name like that, some question whether he’s actually is from Argentina.
Just ask Simone Perrotta. The Italian midfielder was a member of the 2006 World Cup squad that lifted the Azzurri’s fourth trophy, but he is also the only player since 1966 to be born on British soil. He was born in Ashton-under-Lyne, a market town in Tameside, Greater Manchester.
But sorry for the disappointment. Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Mc Allister – yes, there’s a place to his name – isn’t about to bring the football home to Blyth.
Alexis McAllister is not actually British
Alexis McAllister is the son of Carlos McAllister and the nephews of Patricio McAllister, both retired footballers – they are all Argentinian.
The Mac Allister family were originally from Fife in East Scotland, although they emigrated to Ireland – before packing up and moving to South America in 1868. The ginger hair and British name remained, however.
In fact, Lionel Messi actually defended McAllister when he was teased for his rather Scottish appearance.
“I trained with him when I was with Argentina twice, but I didn’t play with him,” McAllister told him. Athletics (Opens in a new tab) His international captaincy. “It was fantastic, just like the matches he trains for. It’s something you can’t believe.
“I remember everyone called me ‘Colo’, which is ginger in Argentina. I don’t like it very much and told my teammates. He said, “He doesn’t like being called Kolo, so don’t call him that!”.
Before you ask, no: Messi is not Scottish.