The international stars who came to Argentine soccer
While Núñez patiently awaits Luis Suárez’s response, it is worth reviewing the past in which international figures arrived in Argentine soccer after having developed a glorious career abroad. It is a subjective list where the stars had already shone on the other side of the borders and arrived in the country to rank the competition creole.
During his career he won 11 titles, including the 1998 World Cup and the 2000 European Championship Photo NA: MARCOS ADANDIA
He was born in Rouen, France, but had his childhood in Argentina, where he took his first steps in football. After his debut at Platense he emigrated to Europe to play 5 seasons at AS Monaco, 11 at Juventus and one at Hércules. His previous stop at River was in the United Arab Emirates. He then put on La Banda and achieved promotion to the First Division. After a conflict with the coaching staff led by Ramón Díaz (in which his son Emiliano was) he left for Newell’s. He retired in the Pune City of India.
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Symbol of Roma, he won 5 titles in his career. The most important was the 2006 World Cup with Italy. Photo: REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian/
The midfielder had a lifetime in Roma. In the entity of the Italian capital he played for 18 seasons, in which he won 3 titles. He was also part of the Azzurra for 14 years and made history in the World Cup organized by Germany in 2006. His love for Boca led him to La Bombonera.
The Prince returned to the Millionaire to win the Copa Libertadores
After his debut at Montevideo Wanderers, the Uruguayan arrived at River, where he left a great impression with the championship won in 1986. His talent took him to Europe and he shone at Racing de Paris and Olympique de Marseille (Zidane named his son Enzo out of admiration for the Uruguayan striker). Cagliari and Torino were part of an experience in Italy before returning to Núñez, where he won the three-time championship with Ramón Díaz’s team.
He was world champion with Italy in 2006 and after passing through Europe he came to Buenos Aires to play for Racing and Lanús.
He was born in Tandil and made his debut in Aldosivi, but he adopted Italian citizenship and won the 2006 World Cup with the Azzurra. He also participated in two European Championships and played in the World Cup in South Africa. Before shining at Juventus he wore the jersey of Santos Laguna from Mexico, Montevideo Wanderers, Banfield, Cruz Azul and Hellas Verona. After winning 4 titles with the Vecchia Signora he emigrated to VfB Stuttgart in Germany to later join Lanús and Racing.
The defender is a benchmark for La Celeste and came to Vélez to excite the Fortín. Photo: REUTERS/Pablo Porciuncula
It is one of the strongest bets of Cacique Medina in Vélez. The Uruguayan arrived at the Fortín after passing through Cerro, Nacional, Villarreal, Atlético de Madrid, Inter Milan, Cagliari and Atlético Mineiro. His personality and temperament allowed him to win the 2011 Copa América with Celeste and 7 titles with Colchonero.
When he arrived in San Lorenzo he had already played the world championships in Mexico ’86 and Italy ’90
The Brazilian was one of the figures during the nineties. After passing through San Pablo, Sporting de Lisboa, Centro Español de Uruguay, Cesena, Sampdoria and Inter de Porto Alegre, the midfielder joined San Lorenzo to win the historic 1995 championship. With his team he played in two editions of the Copa del World (1986 and 1990) and was champion of the Copa América in 1989.
El Pajaro was a bet of the Dream Team that Boca formed in the 1990s
Although he never played in Europe, the forward became an international figure for his performances with the Mexico national team. With the Aztec team he won three titles (Concacaf Gold Cup in 1986 and 1998, and the Confederations Cup in 1999). He also played in the World Cups in France ’98 and Korea-Japan 2002. In his country’s domestic soccer, he excelled at Cruz Azul, Querétaro, Monterrey Necaxa, Tigres, América, Veracruz, Jaguares de Chiapas and Lobos. In La Bombonera his passing generated more expectations than joy.
The striker was a Porto figure. Photo: REUTERS
When he arrived at Newell’s it was a letter that promised goals and experience. He was part of the 2004 champion squad when Leprosy was led by Tolo Gallego. Her background at Porto, Galatasaray, Sporting Lisbon, Bolton Wanderers from England and Ancona from Italy excited half of Rosario. In addition, he had been a scorer in the 1995 Copa Libertadores when he wore the Gremio de Porto Alegre jersey. After leaving Parque Independencia he continued his career through Cyprus, Portugal and Australia before returning to Brazil.
Onion transferred his talent to Independiente. Photo: NA/MARCELO CAPECE
When Onion arrived at Independiente in 2015, he had already left an indelible mark on Peñarol, PSG, Benfica, Porto, Atlético de Madrid, Parma and Gremio. Champion of the Copa América in 2011 with the Uruguayan team, the midfielder proved to be a born winner with 23 titles throughout his career. In the Red the injuries played a trick on him.
El Chelo got into the heart of the Academy after converting in the historic classic with 9. Photo: REUTERS/Juan Ignacio Roncoroni
The central midfielder became an idol in Racing thanks to the two titles he won with Eduardo Coudet’s team and the historic goal scored against Independiente in the classic with 9. Before arriving at Avellaneda he had already beaten Messi’s Argentina in the two finals of the Copa América and celebrated 5 conquests with the University of Chile and another 3 with Basel of Switzerland. He also had major productions at Hamburg in Germany and Celta de Vigo.
The Uruguayan arrived with great enthusiasm, but it went wrong due to a fight with Ramón Díaz
Despite his short stay in Núñez, the Uruguayan left his mark with a great goal in a summer classic against Boca. With an exquisite punch, the attacker spent almost his entire career in Italy, where he shone at Juventus, Rome, Napoli and Cagliari. After a discussion with Ramón Díaz, he decided to leave the Monumental to go play for Como Calcio.
The Uruguayan was a benchmark for Juventus for years. Photo: NA/SANTIAGO PANDOLFI
A season in Peñarol was enough for Juventus to notice him. In the Turin team he became a key player in the defense that was able to win 10 titles. However, when he arrived at the Ciclón he was not physically fit and his injuries played a trick on him. With the Boedo jersey he played 17 official matches of which he only won 4, tied 5 and lost 8.
The Brazilian wore the Real Madrid shirt before arriving at Newell’s
The Brazilian arrived at Newell’s with a backpack full of stars and illusions. When he put on the leprosy shirt he already had the joy that the World Cup in the United States in 1994 and the Copa del Rey that he had lifted with Real Madrid. In Rosario he left a great memory as well as in the teams of his country: São Paulo, Santos, Vasco da Gama, Fluminense and Flamengo were some of them.
The Costa Rican striker left a pleasant memory in Canalla for a goal against Newell’s
With two World Cups behind him (2002 and 2006), the Costa Rican striker arrived in Rosario Central to leave his mark. Although he only remained during the Initial Tournament of 2006, in the Gigante de Arroyito he will always have the doors open for the goal he scored against Newell’s in the classic. Before arriving in Argentina he had scored 50 goals in the Premier League and had also excelled at Malaga in Spain. He then continued to convert in the United States and Qatar until he retired in his country.
When he arrived in Boca, he had already played in the World Cup in the United States in 1994. Photo: SPORT SOCCER AFRICAN
He was one of the strikers who had the pleasure of sharing the team with Diego Maradona between 1995 and 1997. Xeneize fans remember him fondly for his goals. Before surprising the Argentine public in La Bombonera, the Cameroonian had ventured into the Danish league. He also had the World Cup in the United States behind him, where he led his team to the round of 16. After putting on the blue and gold he would return to Europe to play for Hertha in Berlin, Dundee United in Scotland, Nice in France and Chernomorets in Russia. He also accepted the challenges of going to participate in tournaments in the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon and China.
Cristian Zapata was one of the figures of San Lorenzo in a complicated stage
The Colombian arrived in San Lorenzo to strengthen a defense that was in one of the most vulnerable stages of recent times. After his debut at Deportivo Cali, he established himself in Europe with the colors of Udinese, Villarreal, Milan and Genoa. He was also a participant in two editions of the World Cup (Brazil 2014 and Russia 2018).
Daniel Osvaldo defended the Italy national team shirt thanks to his talent in Europe
Eccentric, rocker and controversial. The striker from Huracán became an Italian national and played for the Azzurra. He established himself in the Old Continent when he defended the colors of Atalanta, Lecce, Fiorentina, Bologna, Espanyol, Roma, Southampton, Juventus and Inter Milan. “Let them tell it how they want,” he said when he arrived at Boca, the club of his love. After fulfilling his dream of playing at La Bombonera, he went to Porto to finish his career at Banfield.
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