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With France's friendly against Argentina on Wednesday in mind, Frenchleague.com examines those Argentines, past and present, who have experienced life in Ligue 1 including one player who holds the league's goalscoring record…


Following the closure of the transfer window there are currently 11 Argentines plying their trade in Ligue 1. Of those 11, four are with Bordeaux. Marcelo Gallardo (pictured above) is currently enjoying is second spell in Ligue 1 with PSG having played for Monaco between 1999 and 2003.

Alejandro Alonso (Bordeaux)
Juan Pablo Francia (Bordeaux)
Christian Peruchini (Bordeaux)
Fernando Cavenaghi (Bordeaux)
Juan Manuel Barrientos (Lorient)
Renato Civelli (Marseille)
Leandro Cufre (Monaco)
Lucas Ademar Bernardi (Monaco)
Mauro Cetto (Nantes)
Julio Hernan Rossi (Nantes)
Marcelo Gallardo (PSG)


There have been a great many number of Argentines who have made a name for themselves in the French league. Great players such as Delio Onnis, Oswaldo Piazza and Hector Yazalde have all, at one time or another, travelled to France and blazed a trail for their current South American colleagues.

Carlos Bianchi (Reims 1973/77 and 1984/85, PSG 1977/79)

A striker, Bianchi is best known for his exploits as a finisher. In 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1979 he finished the league's best goalscorer.

Jorge Burruchaga (Nantes 1985/92, Valenciennes 1992/93)

An offensive midfielder, Burruchaga was the only French-based Argentine who won the 1986 World Cup with his country. While at Nantes he was part of the team who finished runners-up in the league in 1986.

Gabriel Calderon (PSG 1987/90, Caen 1992/93)

Another runner-up in the league, this time with PSG (three points behind Marseille in 1989), Calderon managed Caen for one season (1997/98) before moving to Switzerland.

Nestor Fabbri (Nantes 1998/2002, Guingamp 2002/02)

A decorated player during his time in France, Fabbri won the league championship (2001), the French Cup (1999 and 2000) as well as the Champions Trophy (2000 and 2002) all with Nantes.

Marcelo Gallardo (Monaco 1999/2003, PSG 2006 - )

Now with PSG, Gallardo won the Ligue 1 title with Monaco in 2000 along with the League Cup in 2003.

Gabriel Heinze (PSG 2001/04)

During his three year spell with PSG, Heinze won the French Cup in 2004.

Ramon Muller (Sochaux 1961/62, Strasbourg 1962/63, Nantes 1963/66)

After playing for Sochaux and Strasbourg, Muller went on to help Nantes to their first ever Ligue 1 title in 1965 followed by another championship win in 1966.

Delio Onnis (Reims 1971/73, Monaco 1973/80, Tours 1980/83, Toulon 1983/86)

Born in Italy but naturalised as an Argentine, Onnis (pictured right in Toulon's colours) holds the Ligue 1 scoring record with 299 goals as well as being Monaco's best goalscorer with 223. His honours include winning the league championship in 1978 and the French Cup in 1980 (both with Monaco). In addition, he was Ligue 1's best goalscorer in 1975, 1980, 1981, 1982 and 1984.

Oswaldo Piazza (Saint-Etienne 1972/79)

A three times Ligue 1 champion, Piazza won titles with Saint-Etienne in 1974, 1975 and 1976 adding three French Cups to his tally in 1974, 1975 and 1977. On the European stage, Piazza helped 'Les Verts' to a European Cup semi-final in 1975 and a final of the same competition in 1976.

Angel Rambert (Lyon 1960/70)

Although born in Buenos Aires, Rambert went on to play football for France, winning five caps. With Lyon, the striker won the French Cup in 1964 and 1967.

Javier Saviola (Monaco 2004/05)

Saviola enjoyed a period of one season on loan at Monaco where he scored seven goals in 29 appearances.

Juan Pablo Sorín (PSG, 2003/04)

A France Cup winner in 2004, Sorin, in his only season in the capital, finished second in Ligue 1 in 2004, three points behind the winners Lyon.

Enzo Trossero (Nantes 1979/81)

A midfielder who won the Ligue 1 title in 1980 with Nantes, Trossero is now a manager in his native Argentina.

Hector Yazalde (Marseille 1975/77)

The former Golden Boot award winner moved to Marseille from Sporting Lisbon in 1974 and won the French Cup two years later, his team beating Lyon in the final.

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