While it may divide much opinion in Europe, statistics seem to illustrate that some of the most talented and successful players in world football come from nations such as Argentina and Brazil.
In recent years, players like Ronaldinho, Kaká, Carlos Tevez, and Lionel Messi—among numerous others—have thrilled audiences in Europe and brought titles glory, and entertainment to clubs such as FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, AC Milan and Manchester United. And, looking at any major club's squad in Europe shows at least a handful of South Americans plying their trade.
However, whereas many have moved to the Old Continent in search of fame and fortune, the South American game still manages to remain competitive despite losing thousands of young players a year to Europe.
In 2010, over 2,000 players—mostly in their teens—left Argentina to go abroad. This improves the game in other countries and allows players with an often natural affinity to look for the clever pass or provide skill where others might prefer force to make major impacts in foreign football culture.
Nevertheless, it disappoints thousands of local fans who watch helplessly as their most coveted jewels are shipped off to keep their clubs afloat.
Last season alone saw River Plate's gifted attacking midfielder Erik Lamela leave for Roma, while Ricardo Álvarez left Velez Sarsfield to link up with veterans Javier Zanetti, Esteban Cambiasso and Diego Milito at Internazionale.
This list consists of the the top nine Argentine players who will leave domestic football in the next few seasons to join major clubs in Europe.
With talent emerging everyday, the names and numbers may shift. But, these nine will certainly be making glory for themselves abroad before long.