Erik Lamela is an Argentine footballer who currently plays for Serie A club Roma. Lamela made his first team debut for Club Atlético River Plate on 14 June 2009, in a game against Tigre for the 2009 Clausura tournament. Lamela's record of his first goal for River on 5 December 2010 in a match against Colón for the Apertura tournament. The midfielder was a regular starter for River during the 2010–11 Argentine Primera División season, playing 34 games and scoring 4 goals. On 6 August 2011, Lamela joined Serie A club A.S. Roma for a fee €12 million, plus €2 million bonus. On 23 October 2011, he scored his first goal in Serie A against Palermo. Later, he scored goals against Lecce, Novara and Cesena.
He took part at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup with the Argentina national U-20 team. He made his debut with the Argentina national team on 25 May 2011, in a friendly game against Paraguay.