The irony of all this is the simple fact that the best players in the Brazilian Championship are Argentineans, it is as true as 2+2 equals 4, in this simple and logical equation three midfielders are gaining prominence: Dario Conca, Walter Montillo and Andrés N. D’Alessandro.
Gone are the days when the” Yankees” landed on Brazilian soil, such as sheriffs in western movies, ‘just to defend the area’ the defenders were told, but in the first decade that was disputed in the Brasileirão. The trio of Argentines fight, inch by inch, the desired title of the champion of Brazil and also to be the best player.
Darío Leonardo Conca, 27, born in Buenos Aires, is the playmaker at Fluminense. At the club, it is almost the law that the ball is passed from his feet to feed the front-men. Last year he was voted the best player in the Brasileirão. He is the brain of the team, excellent at set pieces, skilful, wilful, the team captain and the biggest idol of the Fluminense supporters today. In short, a wonderful player, who would be welcome in any club.
Conca came from Argentina too prematurely, at 19 years old, at the time he was not considered at River Plate. He grew as a player, he started to stand out but ended up not going back, for some reason. Furthermore, he considered changing nationality to play for Brazilian national team. Financially Argentina offers no advantages, many players leave and only return at the end of their career - said Navuel Trasmonte, journalist at "Ole".
A year younger than Conca, Walter Montillo Damian arrived in Brazil with the national championship on fire and has earned the trust and the heart of Cruzeiro supporters. After leading the University of Chile to the final of the Libertadores with superb performances the Flamengo midfielder fled the Chilean side after a series of clashes. Born in Lanús, he showed the business card on his debut with the heavenly shirt, a 2-2 draw with Sao Paulo, on August the 15th. Since then, he’s played eight games with four goals and a vast repertoire of big performances.
Behind Montillo is Andres Nicolas D'Alessandro. The eldest of the trio at 29 years and has many stories to tell with his red shirt (the colour of Internacional). He has been at Internacional since 2008, they’ve even named his passes and dribbling, called "la boba" - pulling the ball back and then forward again quickly – he has already led the team to win the Copa Sudamericana (2008), the Gaucho ( 2009) and the Liberators (2010). The goal now, before deciding the Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates at the end of the year, is helping his team, currently in 8th place in the table.
Today, three Argentines midfielders shine in the green and yellow soil in times when the greatest players in the Brazilian position populate Europe. But two of them have not yet been called up for the selection of their country. D'Alessandro has served his national team in the famous blue and white shirt for a while but Conca Montillo is still waiting for an opportunity. Regardless of nationality, they are talented, and Brazilian supporters are beginning to forget about any kind of rivalry.