The rich history of River Plate

Adam Brown

The Argentina Primera Division is a league in which only two teams stand out to most fans: River Plate and Boca Juniors. Both clubs have produced some of the games best ever players, which has contributed to their respected reputation. 

Of course a negative side to this is that it’s not long before Europe comes calling, offering a much more lucrative career to some of the best stars in the country. But if teams in Europe could learn anything from the Argentinians, it’s how to keep producing talent of the highest quality.

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If you need a forward, then it’s clear where you need to be looking. River Plate have helped to produce many of football’s elite. Whatever the coaches are doing in Buenos Aires, it’s working.

When given the choice of signing either the next upcoming English player for £20million or Gonzalo Higuain for around €12million, Real Madrid had the right idea. It’s too often English clubs will waste money on overpriced homegrown players – Luke Shaw is a good example. Seven Premier League appearances for a player who cost a fee of £27million plus add-ons. That money should be buying you a player who will contribute massively, regardless of age.

Should the stubborn and rarely successful transfer approach continue, teams will be missing out on players who could turn out to be the next Pablo Aimar, Esteban Cambiasso or David Trezeguet. It’s clear who they need to be targeting!



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