The rich history of Boca Juniors

Brazil may have five World Cups, but it’s their South American neighbours who produce more world-class players than anywhere else in the world. The wellspring of talented Argentine youngsters ready to make the jump to Europe’s big leagues never seems to run dry – and a great many of them come through the ranks at Boca Juniors.

With 31 top flight titles to their name (and 65 major trophies overall), Boca are Argentina’s most decorated team, and their 112-year history is littered with some of the game’s all-time great players, many of whom have gone on to enormous success in the colours of the national team, as well as over in Europe.

You’re probably familiar with one or two of the household names who have worn the Azul y Oro shirt over the years, but here are some you may have missed.

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This list is just the tip of the iceberg, though, and you could easily fill a Boeing 747 (or at least Carlos Tevez’s new private jet) with top class players who once turned out for Boca.

And you have to wonder whether Argentina’s most famous club currently possess a hidden gem that will go on to be a future world-class footballer – perhaps the next Diego Maradona is already waiting in the wings?!