Enzo Francescoli is one of the best players to come from Uruguay. Francescoli’s nickname is “El Principe.” Francescoli was an attacking midfielder. He holds the record of highest number of appearances for an outfield player in Uruguayan national team. He won the South American footballer of the year in 1984 as well as 1995.Francescoli is the idol of Zinedine Zidane due to his elegance and amazing skills. He is in the list of FIFA top 100 greatest living footballers, published in 2004. Currently, he is working as a Vice-President with both Tenfield as well as GOL TV.
Enzo Francescoli Uriate was born at Montevideo in Uruguay on 12th November in 1961.Francescoli started his professional football with Montevideo Wanderers, a Uruguayan club, in 1980.He played two seasons for them. He scored 20 goals in 74 appearances for Wanderers. In 1983, Francescoli moved to Argentina and joined River Plate. He helped River Plate to win Primera Division Argentina during 1985/1986 season. He scored 28 goals in 37 matches that season. He scored 68 matches for River Plate in 113 matches during his first stint. Francescoli was the Top scorer in Argentinean Premera in 1985 as well as 1986.
In 1986, Francescoli moved to France and joined Ligue 1 side Racing Club Paris. He played 89 matches for Paris and scored 32 goals during his 3-year stint with them. In 1989, Francescoli joined another French Ligue1 team Olympique Marseille. He helped Marseille to capture Ligue 1 title in 1990.He scored 11 goals in 28 matches for Marseille. Francescoli won the France Foreign player of the year in 1990.
In 1990, Francescoli moved to Italy and joined Serie A club Cagliari. He had a three-season stint with them. He scored 17 goals in 98 matches for Cagliari. In 1993, he joined another Serie A team Torino. He played 24 matches and scored three goals for them.
In 1994, Francescoli moved to Argentina and rejoined his former club River Plate. This was his most successful period. He helped River Plate to capture Apertura titles in 1994, 1996 and 1997.He was the top scorer in Argentinian Premera during 1996. In 1996, Francescoli won the Copa Libertadores de America with River plate. In 1997, he helped River Plate to win Clausura title as well. Moreover, he won Supercopa Sudamericana in that year. He won the Argentine Player of the year, in 1995.He bid adieu to club football in 1997.He played 527 matches and scored 227 goals during his long career.
He was part of Uruguayan youth team, which won South American Youth championship in 1981.Francescoli made his International debut for Uruguay in 1982 while playing against South Korea in a Nehru cup match. His first international cup success with Uruguay was Nehru Cup win in 1982.Francescoli helped Uruguay to win Copa America thrice, in 1983, 1987 as well as in 1995.He played in two world cups. Francescoli helped Uruguay to reach second round in 1986 as well as 1990 world cup. He participated in 1989 as well as 1993 Copa America for Uruguay. Francescoli scored 15 goals in 73 matches he played for Uruguay.