World Cup 2014: Player profile - who is Sergio Romero, the Argentina goalkeeper?

Counting down the 100 players to look out for in Brazil this summer

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The World Cup in Brazil is coming into view and everyone is hoping this summer's carnival can take its place among some of the great tournaments of the past, but who will be the star of the show?

With 92 days to go until things kick-off, check out our latest instalment of 100 players to look out for at the competition below.

92. Sergio Romero (Argentina)

Argentina has never been famous for breeding world-class goalkeepers and along with their defence; it will be their primary concern in June. Romero, though, will head to Brazil with a season in France’s Ligue 1 under his belt after signing a year-long loan deal with AS Monaco.

He has the experience needed to be Argentina’s number one after winning a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, as well as appearing in AZ Alkmaar’s title-winning 2008/09 season. After transferring to Italian club Sampdoria, he contributed to their promotion to Serie A and was their first-choice stopper the following season.

Last year, however, he was loaned to Monaco – where he has failed to hold down a starting spot in between the sticks and will face stiff competition for the goalkeeping jersey from Crystal Palace’s Julian Speroni and Mariano Andujar when Alejandro Sabella names his starting XI for their opening game against Bosnia and Herzegovina on 15 June.

Did you know? Sergio’s brother Diego is a basketball player in Argentina, and played at Florida State University