Best Argentinian Midfielders of All Time

Wed 04 August 2021 | 12:00

Who are the best Argentinian Midfielders ever? In our Best Argentinian Midfielders of All Time, We've compiled a comprehensive list of these footballers, along with a brief description of each.

The Argentine Football Association, Argentina's governing body for football, oversees the Argentina national football team, which represents Argentina in men's international football.

The Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti in Buenos Aires is Argentina's home stadium.

On June 20, 1902, Argentina played Uruguay in the first match ever recorded for the country. Argentina won the game 6–0 in Montevideo, which was both teams' first international match.

The Argentina national team only played friendly matches against other South American teams in the early years of its existence.

As you know, the midfield consists of several different positions, therefore, in this list, we have also included players who used to be referred to as inside forwards (wingers).

Listing the Best Argentinian Midfielders of All Time

Here are the Argentinian midfielders who in our opinion are the bests in football history.

Angel Di Maria

Angel Fabian Di Maria (born 14 February 1988) is an Argentine professional footballer who currently represents the Argentina national team and plays for Ligue 1 club

Paris Saint-Germain


He has the ability to play as a winger or an attacking midfielder and he is one of the Best Argentinian Midfielders of All Time.

Di Mara began his career with Rosario Central, but after joining Benfica in 2007, at the age of 19, he rose to prominence. He helped Benfica win the Primeira Liga for the first time in five years, as well as two Taca da Liga titles.

The footballer moved to Real Madrid in a €25 million transfer in 2010, where he won the La Liga title and the UEFA Champions League.

He then joined Manchester United in 2014 for £59.7 million (€75.6 million), a then-British record fee, but left a year later to join Paris Saint-Germain.

Fabian won four league titles, four Coupe de France titles, and four Coupe de la Ligue titles in France, including three domestic, quadruples, as well as helping the club reach its first Champions League Final.

He is also the club's eighth-highest goalscorer and ranks second-highest in assists, proving himself as one of the Highest Rated Argentina Midfielders.

At the age of 20, the midfielder made his senior international debut for Argentina and until the end of his career he managed to earn 111 caps and appear in eight major tournaments.

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Carlos Peucelle

Carlos Desiderio Peucelle (13 September 1908 – 1 April 1990) was an Argentine footballer who played as an inside forward or right winger and is regarded as one of the Best Argentinian Midfielders of All Time.

He is also credited with being the catalyst for starting "La Maquina" with

River Plate

, which went on to dominate South American football in the 1940s.

Peucelle made his first-team debut for San Telmo and Sportivo Buenos Aires before joining River Plate for a fee of 10,000 pesos.

The Argentinian was a River player from 1931 to 1941. (407 matches and scored 143 goals). During this time, "Los Millonarios" won the Argentina championship four times: in 1932, 1936, 1937, and 1941.

Carlos also played for Argentina's national football team and was a member of the squad that won the 1930 FIFA World Cup, scoring three goals and appearing in the final against Uruguay, in which Argentina lost 2–4.

He was a member of two winning Copa America teams, in 1929 and 1937.

The great professional midfielder appeared in 59 games for Argentina, scoring 12 goals in the process.

He was the chief manager of several teams throughout Latin America after he retired. Deportivo Cali of Colombia, Deportivo Saprissa of Costa Rica, Sporting Cristal of Peru, and Olimpia of Paraguay were among them.

In Argentina, Peucelle also managed River Plate and San Lorenzo.

Ricardo Bochini

Ricardo Enrique Bochini (born 25 January 1954 in Zarate, Buenos Aires) is a former Argentine professional footballer who primarily played as an attacking midfielder. El Bocha is his nickname.

He spent nearly two decades of his professional career with


, where he became one of the club's most iconic players and greatest idols.

Bochini won 14 titles with Independiente, including four Primera Division titles and ten international competitions, in addition to the 1986 FIFA World Cup with Argentina's national team. Bochini was Argentine footballer Diego Maradona's childhood idol.

Cesar Menotti, the Argentine coach, had chosen Bochini several times in the 1970s, but he eventually lost his place to Norberto Alonso for the 1978 FIFA World Cup.

The attacking midfielder returned to the national team after Carlos Bilardo took over as coach, but he was overtaken by younger players such as

Diego Maradona


Despite this, he was a member of the squad that won the 1986 FIFA World Cup, but he only played a few minutes against Belgium in the semi-finals, substituting Jorge Burruchaga.

Despite not being a prolific goalscorer, he was regarded as one of the best playmakers of the 1980s, frequently providing assists for teammates to score as a result of his vision and accurate passing.

Even after his retirement, the term pase bochinesco ("bochinesque pass") is still used to describe a precise pass to a forward that leaves him one on one with the goalie while avoiding the opponent's defenders.

The skilled Argentinian mastered la pausa, the moment when a number 10 poised to deliver a pass pauses for a fraction of a second, waiting for the player he wants to feed to arrive in the ideal position.

Esteban Cambiasso

Esteban Matias Cambiasso Deleau (born August 18, 1980) is an Argentine former professional footballer who played in the midfield. He is one of the

Best Argentinian Midfielders of All Time.

Cambiasso won 21 official titles during his career, most of which he won while at

Inter Milan

, including five Scudetti and the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League.

He has been a full international for Argentina since 2000, winning 52 caps and appearing in the 2006 World Cup, 2005 Confederations Cup, and the 2007 and 2011 Copa America.

The Milan legend is a complete, versatile, consistent, and modern footballer with acute tactical intelligence and the ability to play in a variety of midfield and defensive positions.

He is most often used as a central, box-to-box, or defensive midfielder, but he has also been used as a playmaking sweeper on occasion.

One of the Highest Rated Argentina Midfielders is a strong, left-footed player with great stamina, technique, passing range, and vision, all of which help him move the ball and create opportunities for his teammates.

Esteban was also a speedy and hardworking player who, thanks to his strong tackling ability and game reading, was effective defensively in his prime.

In 2017, Sean Lunt of The Versed pronounced him one of the most underrated players of the last 15 years.

Rene Houseman

Rene Orlando Houseman, known as Loco, was an Argentine footballer who played as a right-winger from 1953 to 2018.

At the start of his career, being one of the Best Argentinian Midfielders of All Time, Houseman was regarded as the heir apparent to legendary winger Omar Corbatta, who is still regarded as one of the best Argentine wingers of all time by many sports journalists.

Houseman was a highly skilled player who was known for his outstanding dribbling ability, speed, and mischief on the field.

The winger was born in the province of Santiago del Estero, in the town of La Banda. Despite having started his career in the youth divisions of Club Atltico Excursionistas,

Rene began his professional career with Excursionistas' arch-rival Defensores de Belgrano, for whom he won the team's first championship, the Primera C championship, in 1971.

He was hired by Club Atletico Huracan in early 1973 after manager Cesar Menotti recommended him.

The driblling professional also represented


in international competition, scoring three goals in the 1974 FIFA World Cup.

His most notable football achievement was being a member of the 1978 FIFA World Cup winning team, scoring in a 6–0 victory over Peru.

Between 2008 and 2009, Houseman was a member of the Huracan coaching staff led by Angel Cappa. He claimed he was never compensated for his efforts.

Oreste Corbatta

Oreste Omar Corbatta Fernandez (11 March 1936 – 5 December 1991) was an Argentine right-winger. Corbatta is regarded as the greatest idol in

Racing Club

's history.

Arlequin and El dueno de la raya (The Chairman of the Sideline) were his nicknames as he played for five clubs in his country, mostly Racing Club and Boca Juniors, winning four major titles and scoring 86 official goals with both teams combined. He is indeed one of the Best Argentinian Midfielders of All Time.

Corbatta earned more than 40 caps for Argentina in the 1950s and 1960s and represented the country at the 1958 World Cup. He is widely regarded as the best Argentine right-winger of all time.

He appeared in 43 games for Argentina, scoring 18 goals in the process, and was once tied for 13th place with Domingo Tarasconi.

In 1957, the Racing's great was a member of the South American Championship-winning team, which included Humberto Maschio, Antonio Angelillo, Omar Sivori, and Osvaldo Cruz.

They were dubbed the Carasucias, and it was the first major media attention for an Argentine achievement.

Oreste was dubbed "the animated cartoon player" by a Chilean journalist due to his outstanding performance in the tournament. Argentina would repeat the feat in 1959 with Corbatta on the team.

The capable midfielder also appeared in the 1958 FIFA World Cup in Sweden, contributing with three goals in three games in an eventual group stage exit.

Felix Loustau

Felix Loustau (December 25, 1922 – January 5, 2003) was an Argentine footballer who played for River Plate's La Maquina team. La Maquina is widely regarded as one of the greatest South American football teams ever assembled.

During his time at the club, they dominated Argentine football in the first half of the 1940s, winning eight national titles.

He was primarily used as an outside left-winger and is regarded as one of

Highest Rated Argentina Midfielders


The left winger's international career was severely limited because his career peaked during World War II. Despite this, he made 28 appearances for Argentina, scoring ten goals. In 1945, 1946, and 1947, he won the Copa America.

His first steps were taken in his own neighborhood, at the Union de Crucecita Sports and Social Club in Avellaneda's Crucecita district.

Felix then played in Racing Club's lower divisions until a scout offered him a contract with River Plate when he was 17 years old.

In 1942, the La Maquina member made his debut for this club's first team, joining one of the most famous forward lines of all time, La Maquina, which included Juan Carlos Munoz, Jose Manuel Moreno, Adolfo Pedernera, Angel Labruna, and Loustau himself.

He is definitely one of the Best Argentinian Midfielders of All Time.

Luis Monti

Luis Felipe Monti (15 May 1901 – 9 September 1983) was an Olympian and an Italian-Argentine footballer who played as a midfielder and is one of

Argentina's greatest midfielders.

Monti holds the distinction of appearing in two FIFA World Cup finals for two different national teams.

Due to his Romagnol ancestry, he played the first of these finals with his native Argentina in 1930, losing to Uruguay; and the second with


as one of their Oriundi in 1934, winning. Monti was on the winning side for the second time in a 2–1 victory over Czechoslovakia.

The  Italian Argentinian was a tough, physical, and ruthless player who also possessed technical skills to complement his stamina and tackling ability.

In the old Metodo system, he played as an attacking center half, which is roughly equivalent to the defensive central midfield position of today.

As a result, when his team was defending, Luis would mark the opposing center forward, but when his team was attacking, he would be the main midfield playmaker, thanks to his passing and creativity, which allowed him to start attacking plays after winning back the ball.

Due to his extensive support of the pitch, The footballer was given the nickname "Doble Ancho" (double wide).  Monti is regarded as one of his generation's best center-halves and one of the Best Argentinian Midfielders of All Time.

Fernando Redondo

Fernando Carlos Redondo Neri is a retired Argentine footballer who was born on June 6, 1969, and is one of the

Best Argentinian Midfielders of All Time.

He was a defensive midfielder who could also contribute offensively and creatively. He spent a decade in La Liga, mostly with

Real Madrid

, before finishing his career (which was cut short by several injuries) with

AC Milan

in Italy.

The creative footballer won two La Liga titles and as many Champions League trophies with the former club, as well as the 2003 Champions League with the latter.

In the 1990s, Redondo was a member of the Argentine national team, playing in the 1994 World Cup and winning the 1992 King Fahd Cup and 1993 Copa America.

Redondo made 29 appearances for Argentina, the majority of which were between 1992 and 1994, when Alfio Basile was the manager. On June 18, 1992, he made his debut in a 2–0 friendly win over Australia.

Just before the 1990 FIFA World Cup, Redondo turned down a call-up to the national team, which was coached by Carlos Salvador Bilardo.

The retired legend excused himself because he didn't want to disrupt his law studies, but he was also said to be critical of Bilardo's defensive strategy.

He said: "I was picked for Argentina's World Cup squad in 1990 but I knew I wasn't going to be in the starting line-up, I would just be another squad member, so I preferred to stay home."

Juan Roman Riquelme

Juan Roman Riquelme (born June 24, 1978) is a retired Argentine professional footballer and the current 2nd vice-president of Atletico Boca Juniors, where he is also in charge of the football department, which includes the youth academy and women's sections.

He is without a doubt one of Argentina's greatest midfielders.

The now 43 year old spent the majority of his career as an Enganche midfielder for Boca Juniors, where he won ten titles, including three Copa Libertadores de America and one Intercontinental Cup, in which they defeated Real Madrid 2-1.

Juan was transferred to

FC Barcelona

in 2002, but his time there was cut short due to his feuds with Louis Van Gaal, the team's coach.

Riquelme was named Argentina's footballer of the year four times and South American footballer of the year in 2001, as well as six times being named to the South American Team of the Year.

In 2006 and 2007, the attacking midfielder was a contender for the FIFA World Player of the Year award, as well as the Ballon d'Or in 2005 and 2007.

Various journalists, players, and coaches consider him to be one of the best Argentine players of all time, as well as one of the Best Argentinian Midfielders of All Time.

You can also have a look at his comprehensive profile in another one of our articles: 

Juan Roman Riquelme Biography

Adolfo Pedernera

Adolfo Alfredo Pedernera (15 November 1918 – 12 May 1995) was an Argentine football player and coach who was born in Avellaneda. He is one of Argentina's greatest midfielders.

Although many refer to him as a striker, he is primarily a chance creator who has scored numerous goals and he always adds creativity to his performance in the midfield and creats lots of assists for his team mates, which is why he is included in our list of midfielders (half-backs)

The Argentine fabulous playmaker was widely regarded as one of the greatest world football players in the 1940s, as well as one of the greatest Argentine players of all time, and was known as "El Maestro" ("The Teacher").

Pedernera was a natural conductor for both the famous River Plate team known as La Maquina (Spanish for "The Machine"), with whom he won several Argentine and South American titles and the


team known as Ballet Azul (Blue Ballet), with whom he won the Small Club World Cup in 1953 and numerous other Colombian titles.

He won the Copa America twice with the Argentine team, in 1941 and 1946, and was named Best Player in the latter.

In a poll conducted by the IFFHS in 2000, Adolfo was voted the 12th best South American footballer of the twentieth century, and his name appears on the list of the 100 greatest all-time footballers compiled by the magazine FourFourTwo in 2017, where he is ranked 58th.

"El Maestro" was a well-known inside forward who was known for his technique and ability to create opportunities for other players, as well as being a prolific goalscorer. He is unquestionably one of the

Best Argentinian Midfielders of All Time.

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