Nicolás Hernán Gonzalo Otamendi is an Argentine professional football player. He was born on 12 February 1988 in Rosario, Argentina. He mainly plays the role of a Centre back. He started being part of the national side from 2009.
At an age of about eight years Otamendi started with Vélez Sarsfield in 1995. As a senior he started with the team in 2007.
In April 2009, Otamendi got chance with Argentine national team calling him for a ‘friendly’ with Panama.
Till then he had played only 11 professional matches. On 20th May 2009 he eventually started the match which was a 3–1 win.
He played as a centre back alongside Martín Demichelis against Ecuador on 6th October 2009 in the ‘2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign’ held in South America which was a lost game, again he was in the team for match against Brazil in a 1–3 home defeat and appeared as a right back in a 1–0 win in Uruguay.
On 6th december 2010, he was in the World Cup for first time with the World Cup 2010 match played against Nigeria.
Rise to glory
On 2 September 2011, Otamendi scored his first goal for the national team in a friendly match against Venezuela held at Kolkata, which led to his inclusion in 2015 Copa América, Copa América 2015 and Copa América Centenario in 2016.
On 10 June 2016, in the Copa América Centenario tournament, he scored the opening goal which resulted in a 5–0 win thus elucidating his still latent talent. He is believed to have helped his team to consecutive runner-up finishes in 2010 World Cup and two Copas América.
After being included in his first club Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield as a senior in 2007 he debuted
on 10 May 2008 with a 2–1 home win against Rosario Central for the Clausura tournament.
He scored his first professional goal in the 2009 Apertura against Arsenal de Sarandí. On 23 August 2010, he was transferred to FC Porto in a €4 million fee deal requiring him in the team for five years. Here, he made 77 appearances and 7 goals.
Otamendi was transferred to Valencia CF in La Liga on 5th February 2014 in a €12 million deal which was again a five-year compulsion starting on 1 July. He debuted for this club on 23 August 2014 against Sevilla FC. The match was a draw.
On 20 August 2015, Otamendi was sold to Manchester City again in a five-year deal for an initial fee of £28.5 million. on 15 September 2015, he made his debut for the club in a 1–2 home loss against Juventus.