Greatest Argentinian Footballers of all-time

No.10 Gabriel Batistuta

Gabriel Batistuta was one of the greatest strikers of his generation, and his career is a testament to his skill, dedication, and passion for the game. His legacy as a goal-scoring machine will continue to inspire future generations of footballers around the world.

No.15 Antonio Sastre

No.16 Ricardo Bochini

No.17 Claudio Caniggia

One of the most flamboyant footballers of the 1990s, Claudio Caniggia was known for his impressive speed, dribbling ability, and versatility on the pitch. He was a constant threat to opposition defenders, often using his pace to outrun them and create scoring opportunities for himself or his teammates. Caniggia was a skilled and creative player who could play on either wing or as a center-forward, making him a valuable asset to any team. He was also known for his work rate and tenacity, always giving 100% on the pitch.

No.18 Marcelo Gallardo

Having played second fiddle to the likes of Ariel Ortega and Enzo Francescoli in that fine River Plate team of the mid-1990s, Marcelo Gallardo finally came into his own as the team's playmaker in the late 1990s. He was capable of great moments of skill and had terrific ball control, but Gallardo's finest attributes were undoubtedly his passing, vision, and intelligence on the ball. He was one of those rare players who could dictate his team's tempo, stitching all the play together and then splitting the opposition's defence with a killer-pass. It was this creativity that saw him operate mainly as an attacking midfielder or occasionally a central midfielder.

Gallardo would go on to have a decent spell in France with Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain but would return back for spells at his beloved River Plate after playing for each of them.

No.20 Beto Alonso

No.21 Oscar Ruggeri

Oscar Ruggeri was one of the greatest defenders in Argentina's history and played a pivotal role in the country's success in the 1986 World Cup.

No.22 Carlos Tévez

Versatile and dynamic attacker known for his skill, speed, and tenacity on the field. Tevez was a real handful to play against and was equally comfortable playing up front, out wide, or as an attacking midfielder, making him a valuable asset to any team. Tevez was also known for his work ethic and his ability to disrupt opposing defences with his relentless pressure and physical play.

No.23 Bernabé Ferreyra

No.24 Guillermo Stábile

Stabile will go down in history as the first ever World Cup Golden Boot winner, scoring eight goals in just four games as Argentina team finished the tournament as runners-up, missing out to hosts Uruguay in the final. Stabile had put Argentina 2:1 up in the final, only for three second half Uruguayan goals to break Argentinian hearts.

No.25 Daniel Bertoni

Daniel Bertoni had a remarkable playing career that saw him become one of the best players of his generation. His style of play was characterized by his pace, dribbling ability, and clinical finishing, which made him a nightmare for defenders. Bertoni's achievements as a player are impressive. He won several major trophies with Independiente, including league triumphs, three Copa Libertadores title, an Intercontinental Cups, and, most famously, being a key part of the Argentina team that won the 1978 World Cup, scoring the winning goal in the final. He is widely regarded as a true legend of Argentine football and a symbol of the country's footballing success in the 1970s.

No.26 Ariel Ortega

Whilst Diego Latorre is widely believed to have been the first player to be labelled the New Maradona, it was Ariel Ortega who initially carried the real burden of the tag over the course of a number of years. Maradona's failed drug test at the 1994 World Cup had signalled the end of his international career and meant that, for the first time since 1978 when Mario Kempes wore the jersey, La Albiceleste would go into the 1998 World Cup with someone other than Diego Maradona wearing their iconic number 10 shirt. Ortega was the obvious candidate and got the nod. His form at River Plate in the 1990s had been fantastic and had lead to a transfer to Valencia, followed by a big money move to Serie A club Sampdoria, replacing fellow countryman Juan Sebastián Verón who'd made his own big money move to Parma. There was a lot of publicity around Ortega, and even more expectation. He didn't dominate the Argentinians first round matches like Maradona, but he did show glimpses of his undoubted talent and the Argentinians continued to have high hopes as they progressed past England into the quarter finals. It all ended on a sour note though, as Ortega ended up being remembered for his sending-off against the Netherlands as he head-butted Edwin van der Sar, rather than any glorious footballing moment. If the Argentinian F.A. had their way, then Ortega would have been the last player to wear it as well, as they tried to retire the shirt in honour of Maradona before the 2002 World Cup, but FIFA banned them from doing so.

No.27 Oreste Corbatta