Though he may be diminutive in stature, 21-year-old forward Rodolfo Gamarra is anything but lightweight when it comes to his contribution on the pitch. And while the likes of fellow Paraguay front-men Lucas Barrios, Oscar Cardozo, Roque Santa Cruz, Nelson Haedo and Edgar Benitez are strikers in the more traditional mould, the fleet-footed Gamarra offers La Albirroja coach Gerardo Martino a highly unpredictable and creative alternative.
Quick and elusive with mazy dribbling skills, the young attacker goes into the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ finals in buoyant mood after a series of outstanding displays in this year’s Copa Libertadores. And despite not having made a single appearance in South American Zone qualifying for South Africa 2010, Gamarra’s effervescent recent form convinced Martino to select him at the expense of Osvaldo Martinez.
However, Gamarra is not a total newcomer to the international scene. Indeed, he has been increasingly used in friendly action since making his debut against Chile in October 2009, less than a year after his Paraguayan first-division bow in the colours of domestic heavyweights Libertad. Given this rapid rate of progress, who would back against the livewire front-runner making an impact at South Africa 2010?