On Sunday afternoon in what will certainly be a raucous Bombonera, Boca Juniors and fierce rivals River Plate lock horns for the 243rd official match of their long history. The latest installment could scarcely be better poised with Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s Boca suffering a slight blip but remaining top and Marcelo Gallardo’s side in fine form, looking to close the gap to mount a serious title challenge.
Carlos Tevez was the hero when the two giants last clashed in December’s Superclásico in El Monumental and since the first official meeting back in 1913, many of the greatest names in Argentine football have graced the historic fixture.
The derby is a game in which club legends are made but there are some to have worn both the famous red and white of River and the blue and gold of Boca. No self-respecting supporter of either club would dream of wearing the colours of the enemy but here are a few of those players that have crossed the divide.
Goalkeeper – Hugo Gatti
With his trademark headband, long hair and eccentric goalkeeping style, El Loco Gatti is widely recognised as a Boca Juniors legend after racking up over 500 appearances for Los Xeneizes, more than any other keeper in the club’s history. Three Primera titles, back-to-back Copa Libertadores triumphs and an Intercontinental Cup win over Borussia Monchengladbach in 1977 place Gatti firmly in the Boca hall of fame but it might have been different had he not played second fiddle to the influential Amadeo Carrizo earlier in his career with River Plate.
After emerging from Atlanta’s youth system, River snapped up the 20-year-old and rotated him with Carrizo until his departure to Gimnasia in 1968. By the time, La Bombonera became his home, Gatti was one of the top goalkeepers in Argentina and was already well on the way to setting his record for the most penalties saved in the Primera División.