Dreaming in Buenos Aires: Trezeguet at River Plate vs. Tevez at Boca Juniors?
By Eric Beard
Argentine fútbol has been suffering. The country’s national team failed to live up to the hype in Copa America this past summer, while Brazil’s emergence as an economic power has spurred the Brasileiro to new financial and competitive heights. Argentina has been lagging behind its bitter rival, but two strikers, as accomplished as any in the world, are ready to return to Argentina. They haven’t returned for the money; they’ve returned because they want to be playing in the Argentine Primera División, rather than see their careers out in Europe or lie in piles of money in the Middle East until retirement.
The David Trezeguet Story: “To play for [River Plate] and in Argentine football is to crown a dream. I left (Buenos Aires) very young and I’m really enthusiastic about this (move).”
Coming off of a lucrative stint in Abu Dhabi with Baniyas SC, Trezeguet is now 34 years old and ready to have his swan song in Argentina, the land of his ancestors. Upon arriving in Buenos Aires at Ezeiza international airport, Trezeguet told the Argentine press, “I’m in perfect shape to give River my best.”
The Carlos Tevez Story: “In January I want to be playing for Boca. It doesn’t matter if I have to take a pay cut, but I’m tired of the travelling and the comings and goings… I want to be part of the pre-season [training] and play in the Copa Libertadores,” lifestyle magazine Gente quoted Tevez as telling his agent Adrian Rouco.