Ricardo Giusti

Ricardo Giusti

Former Argentine footballer, midfielder
Date of Birth: 11.12.1956
Country: Argentina

  1. Biography of Ricardo Giusti
  2. Club Career
  3. International Career
  4. Retirement and Achievements

Biography of Ricardo Giusti

Ricardo Giusti is a former Argentine footballer who played as a defensive midfielder. Born in Albarrelos, near the city of Aroyo Seco in the province of Santa Fe, Giusti started his career in Rosario, one of the major centers of Argentine football, at the club Newell's Old Boys. He played for the club from 1975 to 1978, appearing in 108 (or 109, according to some sources) matches and scoring 10 goals.

Club Career

Giusti's impressive performances as a young defensive midfielder caught the attention of clubs in the capital. Surprisingly, it was Argentinos Juniors who won the race to sign him, a club known for its talented youth development. It was during this time that Giusti first became a teammate of the rising star of world football, Diego Maradona. After one season with Argentinos Juniors, Giusti's high level of play earned him a move to Independiente, one of the biggest clubs in Argentina. He played for the "kings of cups" for over 10 years, winning two Argentine championships, the Copa Libertadores, the Interamerican Cup, and the Intercontinental Cup in 1984.

International Career

Giusti made his debut for the Argentine national team in 1983. He participated in three Copa America tournaments (1983, 1987, 1989), but his highest achievement came in the FIFA World Cup. In 1986, Giusti played a vital role in Argentina's success, providing a solid defensive foundation for Maradona to create. Argentina went on to win the tournament, with Maradona being named the best player. In the 1990 World Cup, Giusti played in only four matches, missing the first two group stage games and the final. Argentina finished as runners-up.

Retirement and Achievements

In 1987, Giusti was named one of the top 10 players in South America. He retired from professional football after the 1991/92 season, ending his career at Union in Santa Fe. Throughout his career, Giusti achieved numerous titles, including being a World Cup champion in 1986, a World Cup runner-up in 1990, two-time Argentine champion, and winner of the Copa Libertadores, Intercontinental Cup, and Interamerican Cup.

Overall, Ricardo Giusti is recognized as one of the best defensive midfielders of his time, with his strong defensive skills and ability to provide a solid foundation for his team's success.