They call it “Octopus”. And he agrees with whoever gave him that nickname. It is that it sticks out its arms like tentacles to avoid goals. Once again, as in his best times, Franco Armani was decisive for another River title given his very good level in the tournament, in which he appeared at key moments, when his team needed him.
In the last two road outings, Armani was key. Against Platense, to sustain the 1-0 victory in Vicente López and against Estudiantes in La Plata to avoid defeat and leave the game in a draw for River to add an important point. In both meetings Armani was a figure with key saves.
The same as on the night of the consecration. Within a minute, Enzo Copetti had a heads-up that the goalkeeper covered with solvency. The Casildense had a regular performance in the tournament, in which he only missed when he was summoned to the National Team. In fact, the numbers support it. It was the least beaten fence, something that generally did not happen in local tournaments with River.
Armani was in Armani mode in this championship. And he recalled the great saves he had in the 2018 Copa Libertadores, in the finals with Boca, the semifinals with Gremio, the quarters with Independiente and the eighths with Racing. In all that Cup, the goalkeeper was important so that River could consecrate himself, as he had also been in the final of the Super Cup in Mendoza against Boca, in which he was a figure of the match.
Armani arrived at River at the beginning of 2018 and due to his great performances he earned a place in the World Cup in Russia and from there he remained as a member of the National Team in each call. Although this year he lost the position with “Esque” Martínez, Franco is a fixture for Scaloni.
For Armani, 2021 was a special year. Beyond having achieved his sixth title with the Núñez club, he recently became the father of a man, along with his wife, the Colombian model Daniela Rendón. And, in addition, he was champion of America with the Argentine National Team.
Now, he had the pleasure of celebrating again at the Monumental and with the club of which he has been a fan since he was a child, when his brother Leandro hit him with balls against the garage door of the house where they lived in Casilda and Franco put the hands to pure reflection. Or when he threw himself into the pool to catch a ball, pretending to be “Mono” Burgos, his childhood idol, like Sergio Goycochea. Also, he wore a green diver for the “Pato Fillol.