Winning a CONMEBOL Libertadores title is a unique feeling, something which can't be replicated anywhere else. To hold that trophy aloft is the dream for thousands of footballers but only a select few manage to achieve it. River and Boca will meet again this Saturday at El Monumental to decide who will add another crown to their club's rich history.
There are players for both teams who know what it means to win a Libertadores title. In this clash there are more River players to have achieved that feat than from Boca.
Marcelo Gallardo's team have 7 previous Libertadores winners in their ranks. Jonatan Maidana, Leonardo Ponzio, Gonzalo Pity Martínez, Rodrigo Mora and Camilo Mayada all won the title with River in 2015. Franco Armani (Atlético Nacional 2016) and Enzo Pérez (Estudiantes 2009) won it with other teams.
The case of Maidana is even more special. The defender is looking to claim his third Libertadores triumph having previously won it with Boca in 2007 and later in 2015 with River.
Gallardo has won the Libertadores as a player (1996) and as a coach (2015), both times representing River.
In the current Boca squad there are less Libertadores winners: Carlos Tevez (Boca 2003). Julio Buffarini and Emmanuel Mas (both San Lorenzo 2014) are the only past winners. Their coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto has won it four times as a player (2000, 2001, 2003 and 2007) all with Boca.