Three South American football legends share their CONMEBOL Libertadores memories
Watch the CONMEBOL Legends Fernando Cavenaghi, Ivan Zamorano, and Juan Pablo Ángel discuss their memories of playing in the CONMEBOL Libertadores and other prestigious international competitions in an exclusive video (produced in Spanish).
The CONMEBOL Libertadores is the premier football competition in South America, with eight stages unfolding over the course of the entire year to determine a winner from 47 initial qualifying clubs. With the sixth matchday of Group Stages approaching, the teams for the Round of 16 are almost set to start vying for a spot in the final match in January in Rio de Janeiro.
To give fans at home a way to celebrate the excitement of this thrilling tournament, three retired South American CONMEBOL football legends—Fernando Cavenaghi of Argentina, Ivan Zamorano of Chile, and Juan Pablo Ángel of Colombia—have come together for a remarkable virtual chat.
In this exclusive video produced in Spanish, football lovers will get to see Cavenaghi, Zamorano, and Ángel discuss their career highlights, including their most meaningful memories from the pitch and stories about what it was like to compete for the CONMEBOL Libertadores and other prestigious titles. They'll also share their opinions on this year's competition, such as which clubs they believe will be the last two standing and who will claim the trophy as the eventual 2020 champions.
Fans won't want to miss this rare chance to see these legendary players, each from different nations and clubs, join together for a once-in-a-lifetime meeting.
For those that need a refresher on these three stellar football players' accomplishments, let's start with Ángel, who proudly played for Colombia in international competitions in a career that spanned more than two decades, from 1993-2014. Ángel was a superior striker that started and finished his career playing for Atlético Nacional in his hometown of Medellín, with stints in between for clubs in England, Argentina, and the United States. With River Plate in 2000, he was the Argentine Primera División's top goal scorer—a skill he brought to Aston Villa F.C. to become their top scorer in 2003-2004.
Avid about seeing the world, Ángel took his talents to the New York Red Bulls and is the club's second all-time leading scorer record with 62 goals. When it comes to the CONMEBOL Libertadores, Ángel is remembered for scoring 16 goals in 25 appearances with River Plate.
Zamorano is one of Chile's most recognized football players who represented the national team in the 1998 World Cup and in four CONMEBOL América competitions. Nicknamed Bam Bam and Iván el Terrible for his power and strength, Zamorano is perhaps most famous for accolades he collected while playing abroad; in Spain, he helped Real Madrid win the La Liga title in 1994–1995 as the season's top scorer, and in Italy, he won the UEFA Cup with Inter Milan in 1997-1998. These successes helped earn him a spot on the FIFA 100, a list of the best international football players alive chosen by Pelé.
Last but certainly not least is Cavenaghi, the only guest who has tasted victory at the CONMEBOL Libertadores. The retired Argentine striker led River Plate to a sweep of all three South American international championships: 2014 CONMEBOL Sudamericana, 2015 CONMEBOL Recopa Sudamericana, and the 2015 CONMEBOL Libertadores. Outside his home country, Cavenaghi also played for clubs in Russia, Brazil, Spain, Mexico, and Cyprus, with his most successful stint being in France for Bordeaux. There, he won multiple major domestic championships, including the Coupe de la Ligue twice—once in 2006-2007 and once in 2008-2009, when he also won Ligue 1.
Football fans will have an unforgettable time tuning in to hear the conversation between these three athletic icons, and who knows what rivalries will be reignited when they share their thoughts and predictions about this year's CONMEBOL Libertadores.