Mac Allister’s football beginnings and early struggles in England
Mac Allister comes from an Argentine football dynasty and his two brothers and father also played the sport professionally.
All four started their careers at Argentinos Juniors, a club that Mac Allister – with obvious warmth – refers to as “our home”. “This is where we were trained as people and as footballers.”
A famous club that has also produced stars such as Diego Maradona, Juan Roman Riquelmeand Esteban Cambiassopicked out the three Mac Allister Brothers in the same match on November 26, 2017.
“November 26 was the day we had the chance to play together. It was very important to our family. Everyone is still proud and we enjoyed it very much.”
Mac Allister then moved to England to play for Brighton, being loaned back to Argentinos Juniors and later Boca Juniors.
Despite his name – “Mac Allister comes from Ireland”, he explains – Mac Allister admits that adjusting to life in Europe has not been easy.
“The first year was hard for me. It was a year of many changes. When I got here, I realized that I am not physically at the level that the Premier League requires or the team requires of me.
“I suffered and cried too, missing my family and friends. But I knew I had the opportunity to play here.”
Another Brighton first-team spell in 2021 was a frustrating time for the Argentine.
“My mum and my two brothers came to me in December (2021) and they were the ones who gave me strength because there were a few months where I didn’t play many minutes.
“And exactly on December 26, I was in the starting eleven and from that moment I started every match.”
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