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What are the 2015 Libertadores champions up to today?

What is seven years in football? that time passed since River’s third conquest of America and its protagonists went on with their lives. Several took off for Europe, many others told him enough was enough and only one survivor remained. Find out with Olé what became of the 2015 Copa Libertadores champions.

1-Marcelo Barovero: Figure in the decisive matches, especially in the first leg against Tigres. He left River in 2016. He went free to Necaxa and then was signed by Monterrey, where he won three titles. In 2020 he was hired by Burgos of Spain, from Second B. After a short stint of 25 games, enough time to get promotion, the goalkeeper returned to Mexico to play for Atlético San Luis.

18-Camilo Mayada​: A firefighter from the Gallardo cycle. In the rematch of the final against Tigres, he replaced the suspended Mercado and also had a key income at the Bernabéu against Boca in 2018. The Uruguayan two-time champion of America went free to San Luis de México in 2019, where he played for two years. Since 2021, the Uruguayan has performed in Libertad de Paraguay and was already a local champion.

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2- Jonatan Maidana​: The only survivor of the 2015 champion team. Eternal samurai of the defense, very important in the final series against Tigres, annulling the French Gignac, whom he punished by marking territory. After consecrating himself in Madrid against Boca, in recognition of his career they allowed him to go free to play in Toluca. Two years after his departure, Maidana returned to the Millionaire. “When I left, I knew it was going to be very difficult to come back, but football has these turns,” he released.

Jonatan Maidana is the only 2015 champion who is still in River.  (EFE)

Jonatan Maidana is the only 2015 champion who is still in River. (EFE)

6- Ramiro Funes Mor​i: Fixed as Maidana’s side. A beast in the background. He converted a goal in the final second leg at the Monumental, the 3-0. He would later be sold to the English Everton and was left with the desire to play the Club World Cup. He went through Villarreal, his home for three seasons and where he won the Europa League, and the Saudi Al-Nassr. He recently sealed his arrival at Cruz Azul.

21- Leonel Vangioni​: A tireless strong leg throughout the Cup and an assist of 10 for Alario in the 1-0 against Tigres. A year later he would go free to Milan, but they never took him into account. After three years in Monterrey he was released, he was taken by Libertad de Paraguay and continued his career at Newell’s, the club that formed him.

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5- Matías Kranevitter​: The five that best represented the style of River de Gallardo. He formed a pivotal partnership with Ponzio in the Libertadores. After being champion of America and playing in the Club World Cup, he emigrated to Atlético Madrid. Later he would be hired by Sevilla and Zenit. In 2020 he moved to Monterrey, where he still plays. He was never again the Colo de River.

23-Leonardo Ponzio​: The maximum symbol of the Gallardo cycle became the leader of River with this title. His entry into the starting 11 instead of Pisculichi, starting in the round of 16 against Boca, was decisive for the spirit and structural solidity of the tandem champion that he formed with Kranevitter. He retired after winning the Championship that was so elusive in the Gallardo cycle and the Champions Trophy. That yes, continues to rhythm in the Williams Kemmis of the Canadian League.

Ponzio retired from professional activity, but continued to play in a regional league.

Ponzio retired from professional activity, but continued to play in a regional league.

8- Carlos Sánchez​: The engine of the champion of America, from area to area. Decisive also for his penalty goals in the first leg of the round of 16 against Boca and in the final against Tigres, and for the amazing goal that opened the historic win against Cruzeiro in Belo Horizonte. After the Club World Cup he went free to Monterrey in Mexico and since 2018 he has been with Santos in Brazil.

16-Nicolás Bertolo​: He arrived as reinforcement before the semifinal against Guaraní and started in the final against Tigres, with poor performance. He never met Gallardo’s expectations of him and a year later he returned to Banfield. Seventeen games in Platense separated him from Drill, where he returned this year.

9- Fernando Cavenaghi​: Starter in the final due to Mora’s injury in the first leg. The photo of him, on his knees and celebrating, is iconic of that feat. He raised the Libertadores with Barovero and that same night he announced that he would leave River. In 2016 he left football.

Fernando Cavenaghi gave himself the pleasure of winning the cup a year before his retirement.

Fernando Cavenaghi gave himself the pleasure of winning the cup a year before his retirement.

13- Lucas Alario​: He joined as a reinforcement in the winter break and replaced none other than Teo Gutiérrez. He converted the decisive goals in the semi against Guaraní in Asunción and in the final against Tigres in the Monumental. He went to Bayer Leverkusen in 2017, who paid his release clause, where he spent five seasons. Although there was speculation about a possible return to Millionaire, he will continue his career at Eintracht Frankfurt.

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15- Leonardo Pisculichi​: Figure in the South American 2014, was replaced by Ponzio in the defining stage of the Libertadores. In the final he entered for Cavenaghi. De River went to Brazilian football to play in Vitoria, returned to Argentinos Juniors and retired in Spanish Burgos, in 2021.

22- Sebastián Driuss​i: He had participated in the round of 16 series against Boca and also had the luxury of playing for a while in the final against Tigres at the age of 19. “I’ll be back in June,” he said in mid-2021 and excited River fans. Finally, that return did not occur. After five seasons at Russian Zenit, where he was a multi-champion, he moved to MLS’s Austin FC. He was chosen for the All Star, the prestigious event of the American league.

Driussi is breaking it in the United States.

Driussi is breaking it in the United States.

27- Lucho González: He was another reinforcement in the break and entered for Kranevitter in the final. He left River in 2016 and until his retirement in 2021 he played for Athletico Paranense. He admitted that he would like to be a manager.

DT: Marcelo Gallardo. He had already shown his skills as a coach on the River bench but in the 2015 Libertadores he got on the top podium of the house. The legend was just beginning.


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