Omar Sivori scored 17 international goals in 28 games (very good).
He also scored them for two different countries (weird).
He scored a lot of club goals and won a bunch of titles (also good).
This is Omar Sivori.
First League Title
⏪ Un día como hoy, en 1935, nacía en San Nicolás uno de los cracks eternos que nuestro semillero le dio al mundo: Enrique Omar Sívori pic.twitter.com/15UbuJtZdG— River Plate (@RiverPlate) October 2, 2019
Playing for the team of your home city? Footballer's dream. Winning the title with them? Something so many absolute stars spend their entire careers dashing themselves time and time again on the rocks of that dream.
Omar Sivori did it within a couple of months of turning 20. Some kinda of 'academy prospect, couple of sub appearances, get the medal' thing? Nah, he scored 11 of River Plate's 53 goals that season as they topped the table as the country's leading scorers.
Only went and did it again the next season (scored 10 of 61, earned a world record move) too didn't he?
Copa America Dominance
Wicked, two domestic league title titles wrapped up at the age of 21, let's go play international football. The club thing's way too easy, let's hang out with pals – the famous Angels with Dirty Faces – and play against the best teams on the tournament. That'll be more of a challenge.
Except Sivori led Argentina to the Copa America (sorry,
6 Goals vs. Inter, 16th April 1961
Then he moved to Juventus (world record fee, built River a stand at el Monumental) and got barred from playing international football for Argentina. Oops.
He was the league's
Scoring Twice Against Argentina
One of those rare 'double international' creatures, Sivoli was registered for his new home barely four years after leaving Argentina and being banished from la Albiceleste's books.
He started his life with gli Azzurri with a goal in a 3-2 win over Northern Ireland, and then another in a 3-2 defeat at the Olimpico against a Jimmy Greaves-inspired England. But it was his third match that mattered. The match against the FA who had thrown him out for having the temerity to go and play on another continent.
Argentina arrived in Florence. Argentina stepped out on the pitch. Omar Sivori scored twice to send them packing, Italy winning 4-1. Revenge. Served.
#OnThisDay in 1961, Omar Sivori was recognised for his greatness on the pitch with the Ballon d'Or — JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) December 12, 2017
The trophy sits in pride of place at #JuventusMuseum https://t.co/rXZ0ExUTKW pic.twitter.com/YaYwRXxA25