River Plate he was crowned champion of the Professional Football League this Thursday after beating Racing 4-0. The Millionaire went around the Monumental, like so many other times in the cycle Marcelo gallardo, although this time with the difference that the local was the title that had eluded DT in his successful passage through Núñez.
Visibly moved and with his son Benjamin in his arms, the River coach celebrated with his players and he could be seen with a smile on his face.
Gallardo’s titles with River
Since taking over in July 2014, the “Doll” Gallardo obtained 7 international titless, including two Libertadores Cups, an achievement that no one achieved in River; and 6 local tournaments with tonight’s, the first for the official AFA championship.
The successful era Gallardo began in 2014 with the Sudamericana; in 2015 he had a triple crown with Libertadores, Suruga Bank and Recopa Sudamericana, which was repeated in 2016 with the obtaining of the Argentine Cup at the end of that year.
In 2017, it added the Argentina Cup again and in March 2018 he won the first heads-up final against Boca in history, by getting the Argentine Super Cup -disputed in Mendoza- with a 2-0 win.
Also in 2018 he achieved the highest point of his era by winning in the final of the Copa Libertadores that year to Boca in Madrid, 3-1, after the suspension at the Monumental stadium due to the River fans attacking the Boca squad bus, and after the 2-2 in the first leg at La Bombonera.
In 2019, he won the South American Recopa Again, he eliminated Boca in the semifinals of the Libertadores, but could not win the trophy again since he lost against Flamengo, although he closed the year with the obtaining of the Argentina Cup.
The continuity of laps was stopped by the pandemic and returned with the victory against Racing by 5-0 in the Argentine Super Cup game months ago; And it closes in 2021 with the obtaining of the local title and the right to participate in a new League Cup, the Champions Trophy, before the end of the year.
The ovation of all River for Leonardo Ponzio and his closeness to retirement
Leonardo Ponzio, near his retirement, he lived a global and personal party at the Monumental. All River fans cheered him when he was replaced against Racing.
With an indelible smile and a deep hug with the “Doll”, Ponzio left the field with an immense ovation from his people and a new title under his arm.
From the world River there is speculation with the retirement of one of its great references. With a new consecration for Ponzio, at 39 years old, he could hang up the boots with the championship that his DT was missing: the Professional League.