25 de Mayo, Buenos Aires Province
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Lucas Monteverde, born December 18 1976, is an Argentine professional polo player with a handicap of 10. He grew up near the town of 25 de Mayo, Buenos Aires Province, at the estancia El Rincón. The ranch is run by his father Lucas and uncle Marcelo Monteverde, one of the world's most successful coaches. He is married with the Argentine model Loli Lopez and has two children.
Monteverde has played polo since a very early age and turned professional with a 5-goal handicap travelling to Europe. Today, Monteverde, has grown into one of the world's finest defensive players, well known for his outstanding work rate and horsemanship on the field. During his career, he played for teams like La Martina and Ellerstina. In Argentina, he plays for one of the strongest teams of the moment: La Dolfina Polo Team.
Monteverde's first Grand Slam win was at the 2005 Veuve Clicquot Cowdray Park Gold Cup, where he was called in as a late substitute for the injured Adolfo Cambiaso. With a such a huge hole to fill, Monteverde led the team to victory with teammate Piki Alberdi over Black Bears. Other wins include the Hurlingham Open, the Gold Cup Deauville and the Gold Cup Sotogrande.
He played at the Campeonato Argentino Abierto de Polo (Argentine Open) for the first time in 2000. In 2005, 2006 and 2007 he won the Argentine Open with La Dolfina, lead by Adolfo Cambiaso. In 2007, the team won because of a golden goal, shot in extratime by Monteverde. After the tournament, he was promoted to handicap 10, making La Dolfina the only polo team with a "perfect handicap" at the moment.