Spartak Moscow

Fernando Cavenaghi’s career underlines this. A leader of the line at River Plate when he was only 20 years of age, Cavenaghi promptly attracted the interest of Juventus and a number of other clubs from around Europe’s elite leagues but ignored their advances to sign instead for Spartak Moscow, this was at a time when the Russian league’s community of Brazilian players was still very small.

After going on to become an idol at Bordeaux, where he won five trophies, including the Ligue 1 title, he upped and left for Spanish lesser club Mallorca. And when a turmoil-stricken River Plate suffered the unthinkable and were relegated from the Argentine First Division, the man they call “Cavegol” was the only one of the club’s many former youth products to return and lend a helping hand.