Many leagues in world football have a group of teams set apart from the rest, the elite of the division. In Spain the duo of Barcelona and Real Madrid have divided the Liga spoils between them for the past nine seasons, establishing themselves without a shadow of a doubt as the premier sides in the nation.
In countries such as England, meanwhile, the definition is more fluid. A so-called Big Four roughly correlates to the teams qualifying for the Champions League, and has seen members come and go while the core of Arsenal; Manchester United and Chelsea in recent seasons remains relatively intact.
Argentina is no exception to this tradition of naming the country's biggest institutions, although the local authorities went further than most in defining the identities of the Cinco Grandes (Five big clubs). In 1937, the Argentine Football Association (AFA) named their elite in terms of historical achievements, membership numbers and stadium size, handing them more votes than their peers in AFA meetings.
Almost 80 years later, this quintet still refer to themselves as part of this exclusive club, and they remain among the biggest and most successful institutions in Argentina.