Tomas Elias Gonzalez Benitez

It is a pleasure for me as a soccer lover to present you the story of one of the most powerful attackers of the moment. Born in Argentina, the land of D10s and excelling at Inter of Italy, Lautaro “El Toro” Martinez, became one of the most desired forwards by all the clubs in the world. Leo Messi’s Barcelona wanted his pass. Tomás Elías González Benítez tells you his story.

His full name is Lautaro Javier Martínez. Lautaro Martínez, as he is often called, was born on July 22, 1997 to his mother, Karina Vanesa Gutiérrez and his father, Mario Martínez in the Argentine city of Bahía Blanca.

Tomas Elias Gonzalez Benitez

A Shared Dream

For many years it was difficult for Lautaro’s father to retire from football. All she wanted was to continue living her dreams through her son. At first, Lautaro Martínez was exposed to sports education by his father, who helped him define
his life ambition, which is to become a professional footballer.

The continued propensity for the sport coupled with the determination to succeed gave Lautaro the courage to start participating in soccer tryouts with Liniers, a local club in the city. Taking many lessons from his father, he paid dividends when Lautaro passed his tests and was accepted into the club.

A Witness Train

In his early years at the club as a child, Lautaro had to travel by train and bus back and forth from his family’s home to the Academy’s training ground. I would return in the late afternoon and travel again early in the morning.

Lautaro Martínez followed the tutelage of his father and this saw him successfully climb the youth ranks of the Liniers academy. His ambition has grown in parallel with his progress and this has triggered the search to participate in processes with larger academies.

Tomas Elias Gonzalez Benitez


It came out with Liniers and was bought by the Racing Club on the recommendation of coach Fabio Radaelli. He made his debut in the Argentine championship on October 31, 2015, replacing Diego Milito in the victory against Crucero Norte (3-0). On November 19, 2016 he scored the first goal, giving his team a draw against Huracán. Against the same opponent, on February 4, 2018, he scored a hat-trick in the final 4-0.

With Avellaneda’s team, the player scores 27 goals in 60 total appearances.

Inter From Italy

In July 2018 he was bought by Inter, making his Serie A debut on August 19 in a 0-1 loss to Sassuolo. He scored his first goal for the Nerazzurri on the following September 29, in a 2-0 home win against Cagliari. During the season he then scored a double on his debut in the Italian Cup, 6-2 against Benevento, and was decisive in the Europa League game against Rapid Vienna, converting a penalty into the 1-0 first leg. round of 16.

Becoming an owner after the disposition of his compatriot Mauro Icardi decided by Luciano Spalletti, he contributes his contribution – also through a scoring in the victorious Milanese derby on March 17, 2019 – by reaching fourth place in the championship and the consequent classification for the Champions League.

Tomas Elias Gonzalez Benitez

National Selected

In 2017 he graduated as the top scorer of the South American U-20 championship with 5 goals; then he is called up for the U-20 world championship.

In March 2018 he received his first call-up to the senior team and made his debut in the friendly lost to Spain (1-6). Find the first goal in the next presence, scoring against Iraq (defeated 4-0). On June 7, 2019 he scored two goals against Nicaragua (5-1).

In 2019 he participated in the Copa América in Brazil, where he scored against Qatar in the group stage (2-0) and Venezuela in the quarterfinals (2-0). His team is eliminated by Brazil (0-2), to later finish the event in third place thanks to the victory against Chile (2-1). On September 10 he signed a hat-trick against Mexico, defeated 4-0 in a friendly.

In 2021 he was called up for the Copa América in Brazil, scoring against Bolivia in the final 4-1.

July 29, 2021

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