Thursday, 5 July 2012
River Plate 1996 - No.10 Ortega.
The first to pull on the coveted number 10 shirt for Argentina after Maradona’s suspension for a failed drugs test in 1994, he was undoubtedly the heir apparent.
So similar to Maradona in his glorious dribbling skills, exquisite set pieces, and wonderful vision, he also inherited the bad parts of Diego’s genius, and due to his volatility, Ortega never remained at one club for an extended period of time.
Before he left for Europe in 1997 he was already a River legend, for moments like his goal and all-round match-winning performance in a 3-0 drubbing of eternal rivals Boca in La Bombanera in 1994.
'El Burrito' -The Little Donkey- had 3 spells with River and his winner against Chacarita in 2009 was perhaps his last magical moment for the Buenos Aires club. It's fitting that it was a lob, along with the chip, a discipline in which he was an absolute master.
Ortega never lived up to the 'new Maradona' tag, but his haul of 5 Argentina league championships, 1 Copa Libertadores medal and 88 caps and 17 goals for Argentina, show that he was still a great player in his own right.
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