It’s never been a big secret that Newcastle United star Miguel Almiron has a River Plate tattoo on his back.

Even though the 29-year-old is Paraguayan, it’s very common that people from his country and Uruguay end up watching the Argentine league, which is a level above their own.

Now Almiron’s love for River Plate was explained to ESPN, as the Newcastle winger gave them an interview this week.

The player explained that his affection for the Buenos Aires side is something that comes from his time as a teenager, and he was actually quite young when he got that tattoo done.

“Whenever I can, that the schedule allows me, I try to watch the games. I was able to see the derby and it was a nice game.

“Since I was a child, with my father’s family, who are Argentines, we used to watch River and I became a fan. Then you start playing professionally and you lose your fanaticism. At 15 I got a tattoo, and I wouldn’t miss a game. With time that changed.”

Almiron started his career at Paraguayan side Cerro Porteño, and even played in Argentina, but that was for Lanus. From there, he moved to MLS side Atalanta United, and in 2019, joined Newcastle in a €24m deal.

South Americans often promise to return to their childhood clubs at the end of their careers, so it would be no surprise to see him playing for River Plate one day, even though that was not mentioned in this interview.