Trezeguet set to join Argentina’s River Plate
Former France international and World Cup winner David Trezeguet
is on the verge of signing for River Plate to play in the second
division of Argentine football.
The 34-year-old former Juventus forward, who was born in France
to Argentine parents, underwent medical tests in Buenos Aires on
Friday. He expects to finalize the deal on Monday.
River was relegated to the second division for the first time in
its 110-year history last season.
Although Trezeguet is well past his prime, the signing still
represents a publicity coup for River, which has won more domestic
championships than any other club in Argentina. River has won 33
first-division titles, 10 more than archrival Boca Juniors.
River must finish in the top two at the end of the 38-game
season in the Primera B Nacional to automatically return to the top
flight. The club is currently second after 18 matches, two points
behind leader Instituto de Cordoba.
”I think that in this difficult time for River, to be able to
give an important hand at this moment could be good and very
interesting for the club,” Trezeguet said in an interview
published on River’s official website, accompanied by pictures of
the striker touring the Bombonera stadium with club president
”I want to form part of the history of this club and I think
everything is in place to do it,” Trezeguet added. ”There’s just
one objective and that’s getting promoted to the first
The striker has also played for Monaco in France and scored the
winning ‘golden goal’ in the European Championship final against
Italy in 2000, two years after helping Les Bleus win the World Cup
as the host nation.
He spent his childhood in Argentina and came through the ranks
After leaving Spanish club Hercules in the summer, Trezeguet has
been playing in the United Arab Emirates with Baniyas.