In 1983 River acquired Uruguayan midfield playmaker Enzo Francescoli but that would coincide with one of the worst seasons in the club's history, finishing 18th of 19.
Fortunately for River they were spared relegation and instead went on a glorious run to be declared Champions in 1986, winning 23 games, with 10 draws and only 3 losses. Enzo Francescoli was the top scorer, having been moved into a more advanced position up front.
Also in this year River won its first Copa Libertadores, defeating América de Cali in the finals. River achieved its second international title, obtaining the Intercontinental Cup against Steaua București in Tokyo.
For followers of the beautiful game on both sides of the Atlantic, there can be little doubt that Enzo Francescoli was one of the most elegant players of his generation. Dubbed El Príncipe (The Prince) early in his career for his demeanour on and off the pitch, Francescoli earned iconic status almost everywhere he played.
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.
Based in Buenos Aires, Club Atlético River Plate are one of the most successful football teams in Argentina, having won the Primera División a record 33 times. In addition, the club have won five international titles, including the Intercontinental Cup.
River's success has led IFFHS to name it ninth in its All-Time Club World Ranking (and first in the Americas), which has led to supporters using the moniker 'El Más Grande'- the Greatest.