Lucas Diaz Alberdi
Age: 20 Home Country: Argentina & U.S. Team: Phoenix How many years playing the sport: I’ve been playing since I was 5 years old! Handicap: 5 in the U.S. and 6 in Argentina Pre-game ritual: I have too many to count! You travel around the world for polo. Which destination has been your favorite? Abu Dhabi Favorite thing to do when not on the field: I love hanging out in the stables with my father, friends and grooms. Favorite song: Clasica y Moderna of Las Pastillas. If I weren’t a polo player I would be: A veterinarian. Favorite all-time horse and why? Ninja, a grey mare I played in the Copa Potrillitos to the Camara de Diputados tournaments.
At just 20 years old, Lucas Diaz Alberdi is a rising star on the polo scene. He’s already achieved a 5-goal handicap in the U.S. and is ranked at 6-goals in Argentina. Perhaps his rise shouldn’t be too surprising to fans of the sport since he was taught the game by his father, Alejandro “Piki” Díaz Alberdi. Piki reached a 10-goal handicap in the U.K. and 9-goals in Argentina during his career and won the Argentine Open in 1996. It’s Lucas’s first year playing at Greenwich Polo Club and he’s playing the 20-goal Silver Cup. with Phoenix polo team with Glenn Miller, Frank Boccanfuso, Toro Ruiz and Matias Magrini. “I’ve known Lucas’s father for many years and it’s been great to see Lucas develop as a player. He has many similarities to his father,” said Matias. “He’s a super talented kid and he’s a hard worker – he really puts his all into the game.”