Liverpool’s forward Darwin Nunez‘s former agent, Edgardo Lasalvia has hit out at he Brazilian, after he was dropped from representing him last year.
Nunez changed agents on the verge of moving to Anfield. After leaving long-term representative Edgardo Lasalvia, the Uruguayan joined Jorge Mendes’ Gestifute agency.
Having come a long way with Nunez, this move clearly hurt Lasalvia. And speaking to Uruguayan radio station Carve Deportiva as relayed by El Observador, the agent lambasted the now Liverpool player.
Edgardo Lasalvia said: “I had no chance to talk to Darwin. I found out when he came with six bodyguards and did not want to talk at the airport, where Juanjo Acevedo was.
“I had sent a boy from the company to look for him. There I tried to call him and from a message from WhatsApp he told me that he loved me very much, that he would always be my friend, blah blah blah but that he was going to start a new path with another company, and he blocked me. I had no right to reply.
“In life, people choose how they want to live life, but there is karma, and everything comes back. You have to handle yourself as a good person and you have to have a memory. It is not possible that you do not have a memory.
“He didn’t go with Jorge Mendes, he left with another agent, the same as Otamendi. When he was in Benfica they did a little job like an ant, they started to eat his head. I got angry when I lost Darwin. It broke me in half because I adore the kid, but I understood that it’s business.”
Nunez blasted by former agent, Edgardo Lasalvia
This is quite an attack from Edgardo Lasalvia. It would be interesting to hear Darwin’s side of the story and what his reasons were for leaving the agency in such a crucial time.
Thankfully, the animosity had nothing to do with Liverpool. His £64m move was sorted out independently of the issues surrounding his representation.
The Reds have always had a good relationship with Jorge Mendes, and enjoy doing business with him. That will benefit them moving forward with Darwin Nunez.
As we’ve seen already in his short Liverpool career, the 23-year-old is a combustible character.
He seems like a lovely guy, but as Crystal Palace’s Joachim Andersen found out, he does have a temper.
For whatever reason, Lasalvia obviously found himself on the wrong end of that last year. With ties now seemingly cut, he may not get the chance again.
It hasn’t been a stellar season for Darwin, and he could do without this very public blasting from a former friend.
But the Uruguayan has managed to persevere at every challenge thrown at him so far. It will all serve to make him stronger.
Who is Edgardo Lasalvia?
Little is known about Edgardo’s personal life. Edgardo Lasalvia is an Uruguayan agent. He’s the owner of Equipo Talent Management Associates. It is an organization that specializes in the agency of players in Uruguay.
Darwin Nunez will look to do his talking on the pitch as Liverpool take on Leicester city at the King Power stadium on Monday night, May 15.
Who is Darwin Nunez?
Darwin Gabriel Núñez Ribeiro is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Liverpool and the Uruguay national team.
Darwin Nunez’s age
Nunez was born on 24, June 1999 in Artigas, Uruguay. He’s currently 23.
Darwin Nunez’s club career
He made his maiden appearance in the Primera División on 22 November 2017, when he came on for Peñarol as a second-half substitute for Maxi Rodríguez in a 2–1 away loss against River Plate Montevideo.
On 29th of August 2019, Spanish Segunda División club Almería announced the signing of Núñez on a five-year deal for a supposed club record fee of US$4.5 million plus $1.5 million in variables.
He made his debut on 3 October as a half-time substitute in 4–2 league defeat against Sporting Gijón.
On the 4th of September 2020, Nunez signed a five-year contract with Portuguese club Benfica, who paid a club record fee of €24 million for the player.
This was also Almeria’s and the Segunda División’s biggest transfer, with the club also receiving 20% of a future transfer.
Eleven days after, he made his debut for Benfica in a 2 – 1 loss against PAOK for the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League third qualifying stage replacing Pedrinho in the 65th minute of the encounter.
On the 13th of June 2022, Benfica reached an agreement with Premier League club Liverpool for the transfer of Núñez for a €75 million fee plus €25 million in add-ons.
The next day, Liverpool confirmed his acquisition, for £64 million, with add-ons potentially taking the overall fee to £85 million at a later date, making him Liverpool’s record transfer.
On the 30th of July 2022, Nunez made his competitive debut for Liverpool in the club’s 3 -1 victory over Manchester City in the FA Community Shield at the King Power Stadium.
He won a penalty, which was converted by Mohamed Salah, and scored his first goal for the club with a stooping header in the fourth minute of stoppage time.
Darwin Nunez stats
Nunez has amassed 83 goals in 181 appearances in the course of his career.
Darwin Nunez’s Personal life
Nunez and his wife, Lorena Mañas met in 2020 when the forward was still a Benfica player. The couple announced the birth of their first child, a son, in January 2022.
He was also named Darwin, after his father, hence, Darwin Jnr. In addition to his native Spanish, Núñez also speaks Portuguese.