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.
The Argentine who was part of Parma's legendary side. Image Source: Pinterest
Arsenal's starman was once in the colours of River Plate. Image Source: 101greatgoals
The Juventus legend was actually eligible to play for the Argentina national team. Image Source: Fanpop
A product of the River Plate academy. Is this where he practiced his rabona? Image Source: Squawka
It didn't take long before Porto came calling for the Colombian forward. Image Source: Afro.su
The man who was once named in FIFA's 100 greatest ever footballers. Image Source: Alchetron
The Argentine midfielder has won 10 league titles across his career. Image Source: Redeball
It must be difficult trying to look good in training as a River Plate academy defender. Endless attacking talent for the Argentinian side. Image Source: Corriere
One of the game's best ever defensive midfielders. Image Source: Pinterest
The career of the 2006 World Cup Allstar XI forward began in Buenos Aires. Image Source: TheScore
Juan Pablo Angel
One for the Aston Villa fans. Image Source: El Tiempo
Mascherano is already planning his return for when fleeing his tax evasion sentence. Image Source: Playbuzz
The maestro was at River Plate for seven years before he went on to be part of one of Valencia's best ever teams. Image Source: Trivela
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!