5 Breakthrough pibes of the Torneo Final


Hector Villalba

Argentina has a long and illustrious history of producing exciting young players and, despite failures at international  youth level, that trend is showing no signs of abating.  The Primera Division often showcases precocious talent as, due to economic factors, many starlets are thrust into the limelight at an increasingly young age, with their clubs relying on the profits made by shipping them off to Europe and beyond.

There are already a number of highly-touted tyros who have made a name for themselves and won’t be in the league for much longer; Racing’s Ricardo Centurion almost moved to Anzhi in January but surgery has put the deal in doubt for the time being while team mate Luciano Vietto is also one of the most coveted wonderkids in Argentina.  Velez duo Facundo Ferreyra and Gino Peruzzi have big futures ahead of them while much is expected of playmakers Leandro Paredes at Boca, Lucas Mugni at Colon, Alan Ruiz at San Lorenzo, Manuel Lanzini at River and Ruben Botta at Tigre – the latter rumoured to be on his way to Inter Milan.  A move to Europe must also be on the cards for talented Arsenal centre back Lisandro Lopez, powerful Estudiantes striker Duvan Zapata and Boca’s Juan Sanchez Miño too.

All of these players, despite their tender age, are already well-established (by Argentinian standards at least!) in the domestic league, so who are the latest prospects to have emerged in the last few months during the Torneo Final…?