From Croatia With Love: Angelo Henriquez


Angelo Henriquez

Age: 22

Club: Dinamo Zagreb

Nationality: Chilean

Position: Striker

To call the career of a 22 year old disappointing is cruel, and short sighted. Yet, despite all his success with Dynamo Zagreb, Angelo Henriquez has heard the calls of failure since he joined Manchester United in 2012. Henriquez was signed to Old Trafford at the age of 17, after a stunning youth career at Universidad de Chile. The young goal scorer wowed scouts with his quick feet, and his nose for the back of the net.

When he arrived in England, the plan was simple: he was going to light the Premier League on fire. The problem was, that didn’t happen. Henriquez struggled, never once actually playing for his mother club, spending all of his time on loan to Wigan, Zaragoza, and Zagreb. Thankfully, on his last tour of duty, something clicked. He fit in at Zagreb, and starting scoring in bunches. 21 goals in 25 league matches.

As a full-time member at Zagreb, he’s strived to match that incredible scoring output from a year before. While that may not be attainable, he’s carved out a spot for himself in the starting lineup, and more than earned his ticket back to Copa America.

How to cite this article: “The Young Guns” Written by Shaker Samman (2016), Copa America Centenario 2016 Guide, Soccer Politics Blog, Duke University, (accessed on (date)).