Leo Ponzio became the most winning footballer in the history of River Plate (REUTERS / Agustin Marcarian)
Leonardo Ponzio will not forget what happened this Saturday at the Mother of Cities from Santiago del Estero. The central midfielder, with the obtaining of the Champions Trophy against Colón de Santa Fe, added a new title to his successful record and became the most winning footballer in the rich history of River Plate.
The native of Las Rosas, with a total of 17 achievements, had previously participated in the conquests of the Closing Tournament 2008, First National B 2011/2012, Final Tournament 2014, Championship Cup 2014, Copa Sudamericana 2014, Recopa Sudamericana 2015, Copa Libertadores 2015 , Suruga Bank 2015, Recopa Sudamericana 2016, Argentina Cup 2016, Argentina Cup 2017, Argentine Super Cup 2017, Copa Libertadores 2018, Recopa Sudamericana 2019, Argentina Cup 2019 and Professional Football League 2021.
With this title, the former Newell’s and Zaragoza footballer surpassed Ángel Labruna, one of the fans’ greatest idols millionaire, and Ricardo Vaghi. Angelito, who also excelled in his time as DT, won nine national championships, three Ibarguren Cup, one Escobar Cup and three Aldao Cup. The defender, meanwhile, won seven championships, five Aldao Cup, three Ibarguren Cup and Escobar Cup.
The Lion, who arrived at the Núñez club in 2007, became one of the main references of the team and one of the players most loved by the public. A clear example was what happened before Defense and Justice, where he was included in the curtain with the faces of the most emblematic players of River Plate.
Love is reciprocal. “I found a second home. I left, I came back. I always say that you should never leave River. I could have left in some contexts of not playing, but there is always something that guides you to continue dreaming and it was. I gave everything to this profession and I achieved what I dreamed of since I was a child ”, said the captain in recent days.
* Leonardo Ponzio entered to play the last minutes against Colón
The intention of the new authorities of the Millionaire is that Ponzio continues linked in another function. “He contributes a lot and we want him to continue with us,” a leading leader confided to this medium. The leaders consider that the midfielder has “another head” and that he is a valuable piece, difficult to replace and they do not want to lose it. He perfectly captured the values and work system that Marcelo Gallardo proclaims. In addition, it contributes to the unity of the group, by being a positive leader, and transmits its experiences to the youngest, who increasingly gain more ground and minutes within the consideration of the Doll.
The option being considered is to add him to the technical secretariat, something that the athlete himself acknowledged to Infobae: “We are open to the future. Hopefully that possibility can be given. It’s an idea, and I’m going to prepare for that. “
Another who also climbed to the top of soccer players with more awards within the institution was Jonatan Maidana. The central marker, which was put on the crossed band again at the beginning of this season, with the Professional League and the Champions Trophy reached 14 titles, which allowed him to reach Adolfo Pedernera, José Manuel Moreno, Aristóbulo Deambrossi, Sebastián Sirni , Bruno Rodolfi and Félix Loustau.
The central scoreboard has in its showcases two championships, two Copa Libertadores, a South American Cup, two Argentina Cup, three Argentine Super Cup, two South American Recopa, a Championship Cup, a Suruga Bank Cup and a Champions Trophy.
The most winning players from River Plate:
– 17 Leonardo Ponzio.
– 16 Ricardo Vaghi and Ángel Labruna.
– 14 Jonatan Maidana, Adolfo Pedernera, José Manuel Moreno, Aristóbulo Deambrossi, Sebastián Sirni, Bruno Rodolfi and Félix Loustau.
-12 Carlos Peucelle, Alberto Cuello, José Ramos and Leonardo Astrada.
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