Sunday, May 13, 2018

Real Madrid's Argentine Best XI

Di Maria and Higuain

Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

While the modern football fans associated with the rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona with Ronaldo-vs-Messi.  Lionel Messi is from Argentina while Ronaldo is from Portugal.  Real Madrid was actually the club that put Alfred Di Stefano at the football's kingdom.

Team
GK:  Rogelio Dominguez 
Rogelio Dominguez played around the same time as Carrizo.  He earned 59 caps.  He missed the 1958 World Cup Finals because he moved to Real Madrid in 1957, and Argentina did not select overseas players.  He was Argentina's 1962 World Cup team. With Real Madrid, he won two European Cups.  Before Real Madrid, he played for Racing Club in Argentina.

RB: Enrique Wolff
Wolff began his career with Racing Club in 1967. He played for the club until he was transferred to River Plate in 1972. In 1974 Wolff was transferred to UD Las Palmas in Spain, and 3 years later he joined Spanish giants Real Madrid where he was part of the championship winning sides of 1977-1978 and 1978-1979.  Capped 27 times.  He went to the World Cup Finals in 1974.

CB: Walter Samuel
Samuel began his career with Newell's Old Boys in 1996, moving to Boca Juniors year later.  In Europe, he played with Roma, Real Madrid and Inter Milan. With Inter Milan, he won five consecutive Serie A titles; he played a key role in the club's treble success in the 2009–10 season, partnering with Lúcio in defence under José Mourinho. At international level, he has over 50 caps for Argentina, representing his country at two World Cups.

CB: Oscar Ruggeri
Oscar Ruggeri played in 3 World Cup Finals, winning the one in 1986 and finishing second in 1990. He was La Liga Foreign Player of the Year in 1989 and South American Player of the Year in 1991. He played for both River Plate and Boca Juniors as well as Real Madrid in Spain. He also had career with Vélez Sarsfield, San Lorenzo, etc.

LB: Gabriel Heinze 
Nicknamed Gringo, he made a name for himself at Paris Saint-Germain, moving in 2004 to Manchester United and subsequently to Real Madrid, winning four trophies with the latter two clubs. He started and finished his 18-year professional career with Newell's Old Boys. Heinze played 72 times with Argentina, representing the nation at two World Cups and as many Copa América tournaments.

CM: Fernando Redondo
Fernando Redondo played his first game in the Primera División at only 16 for Argentinos Juniors, and remained five years with the team before moving abroad to CD Tenerife in Spain.  He joined Real Madrid in 1994, where he would become one of the best central midfielders in Real Madrid's history.  He won two Champions' League with them. For the national team, he only picked up 29 caps because he had issues with various managers.
Fernando Redondo

CM/AM/FW:  Alfredo Di Stefano
The best player in the world before the emerge of Pele and Maradona. He was one of the younger member of the great River Plate in the 1940's.  In 1949, he moved to play in Colombia before moving to Europe in 1953.  He won 5 straight European Cups with Real Madrid. He was credited in turning Real Madrid into a legendary club. His international career was limited to the fact that Argentina did not select overseas players.  He played for Argentina, Colombia and Spain.
Alfredo Di Stefano

RW/FW: Ángel Di María
After beginning his career with Rosario Central, Di María moved to Benifca in 2007. Again, he moved to Real Madrid three years later. After winning the Champions League with Real Madrid, he signed for Manchester United in 2014 for a British record £59.7 million, but joined PSG a year later. At the time of writing, he earned over 90 caps. He went to 2010, 2014 and 2018 World Cup Finals.

LW: Santiago Solari
Solari started his career with River Plate.  In 1999, he headed to join Atletico Madrid, but after his club relegated, he moved to Real Madrid, where he played from 2000 to 2005.  He played in the Final of the 2000 Champions' League. He also played for Inter Milan, San Lorenzo, Atlante and Penarol.  Capped 11 times for Argentina.  His cousin is married to Fernando Redondo.  

ST: Gonzalo Higuain 
Higuain first starred for River Plate in Argentina.  He joined Real Madrid in 2006. Higuain later played with Napoli and Juventus.  In the 2015–16 season, he scored 36 league goals, equalling Gino Rossetti's 87-year-old record for most goals in an Italian top-flight season. For the national team, he earned over 70 caps.  He was brought into the national team after Argentina struggled to qualify for South Africa 2010.

ST: Hector Rial 
Rial was known for his career with Real Madrid between 1954 and 1961. He was part of the team that won five consecutive European Cups, playing alongside Alfredo Di Stefano. He played professional football in Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay, Spain, France and Chile. Born in Argentina, he became a naturalized citizen of Spain.  He was capped 5 times by Spain.

Other Argentine Players who played for them
Ezequiel Garay, Esteban Cambiasso, Jorge Valdano, Fernando Gago, Javier Saviola, Oscar Mas, Juan Carlos Touriño.

Squad Explanation
-- Hector Rial got ahead of Jorge Valdano, largely because of Alfredo Di Stefano's association.  
-- Santiago Solari was a fan favourite during the first Galactico era.
-- Fernando Gago at one point was playing well.
-- Ezequiel Garay and Esteban Cambiasso never got their chance with the club.
-- Samuel and Ruggeri did not do well at Madrid. Heinze's career was sandwiched between Roberto Carlos and Marcelo.  He was the transitional player between the two Brazilian.
-- Juan Carlos Touriño was born on 14 July 1944 in the Parque Patricios district of Buenos Aires to immigrant Spanish parents who had fled the Spanish Civil War.  He later played for Spain.

Formation 


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