In the week that saw the tragic passing of Argentine football legend Diego Maradona, attention naturally turns to the legacy that the 1986 world cup winner left on world football.
Argentina have always possessed a strong football team and whilst very few players will be able to live up to the mark left on the world game by Maradona, it is still a footballing hotbed of talent.
Despite never playing in the Premier League, Maradona was revered by English football fans for his incredible skill and clinical finishing.
Having arrived at then Championship side Brighton in the summer of 2012, few would have expected Leonardo Ulloa to have become a Premier League winner merely 4 years later. Ulloa moved to Leicester City following two successful seasons on the south coast and his 19 goals in 3 seasons helped Leicester transform from relegation fighting fodder to league winners in 2016.
He has subsequently moved on to Rayo Vallecano in Spain but his impact on the Premier League will always be remembered.
Following the takeover of the club by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, Chelsea’s status within the English game boomed and Hernan Crespo was one of their marquee signings. The striker was hot property having signed from Lazio and he bagged 10 goals in his first 19 games – making a real impact.
He suffered a horrific injury in late 2003 putting him out of action for nearly 2 years but returned in the 2005/06 campaign to score 10 more goals as Chelsea retained their Premier League title before he moved back to Serie A to play for AC Milan.
Flair players have always been part of the furniture at West Ham and in Manuel Lanzini, the archetypal number 10 has fit in very well. The Argentine moved to the Hammers from Al Jazira in the UAE as a relative unknown back in 2015/16 but he has become an important part of David Moyes’s side in East London.
Despite being blighted by injuries, Lanzini has played over 100 Premier League goals for West Ham, scoring 21 goals – with his most recent coming in a 3-3 draw at Tottenham this season.
Few signings in Premier League history have made as much as a splash as Carlos Tevez’s move to West Ham did in 2006. His 7 goals in controversial circumstances helped the Hammers stay up before he moved to Manchester United for £30 million. He scored 19 Premier League for United in two seasons – winning 6 trophies in a prolific 2 year spell.
His move to Manchester City in the summer of 2009 shook the footballing world but at the Etihad he registered 58 Premier League goals and helped City win the FA Cup in 2011 and the Premier League in 2012 - before moving on to Juventus in 2013.
Topping the list of all-time Premier League Argentines is Sergio Aguero – arguably the Premier League’s greatest foreign import. Acquired from Atletico Madrid for £35 million in the summer of 2011, Sergio Aguero was instrumental in changing fortunes at Manchester City. A year later and the Argentine was netting the title winning goal for City in 2012 – in what has become one of the Premier League’s most iconic moments.
He has gone on to help City win 4 Premier League trophies, a hatful of domestic cups and become the all-time highest goal scorer in Manchester City’s history and still leads the line with aplomb today.