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Ariel Ortega “El Burrito”


Arnaldo  Ariel Ortega

Ariel Ortega was born on March 4, 1974 in San Martín Argentina. He has the nickname El Burrito, so namely little donkey. Ortega is known as the heir to Maradona because he is very fast and technical.

He scored 37 goals in 132 matches

Ariel Ortega started his professional football career in 1990 in the River Plate team of the Argentine League. He scored 37 goals in 132 matches, playing in attacking midfielder and striker  positions in this team. After six years at River Plate, the

European journey

European journey began for Ortega. He was transferred to Valencia in 1996. He did not perform very well during his time in Valencia. After completing the 1996-1997 season, he transferred to the middle of the 1997-1998 season.

World Cup 1998

Ariel Ortega’s Despite this poor performance, he was added in the Argentina’s 1998 World Cup squad. In this tournament, he played a big role in the victory of his team by scoring 4 goals in the Jamaica match.

hit Van de Sar

Argentina lost 2-1 to the Netherlands in the quarter-finals and said goodbye to the cup. Ortega hit Van de Sar in this match. So he had a bad reputation.

Serie A

In 1998 he was surprisedly transferred to Sampdoria. That season, Sampdoria was about to fall into Serie B. Ortega couldn’t catch a good form here, Sampdoria fell on Serie B, moreover, he scored only 8 goals in 27 matches. He was transferred to Parma after the Sampdoria fell. But the coach did not need him.

River Plate

River Plate took Ortega back to the team because things were not going well in Italy. He played in this team for 2 years and scored 14 goals in 45 games in total.


Ariel Ortega was transferred to Fenerbahçe in 2002. Fenerbahçe played 14 games in the first half of the 2002-2003 season and scored 5 goals, as well as 4 yellow cards and 1 red card.

6-0 victory against Galatasaray

Ariel Ortega is one of the architects of Fenerbahçe’s 6-0 victory against Galatasaray. He also scored a goal in this match. He did not agree with his coach Werner Lorant’l good and did not adapt to Turkey.

Banned from Football

When Ariel Ortega did not return to Argentina between the seasons, Fenerbahçe applied to FIFA in April 2003. In June 2003, FIFA justified Fenerbahçe and brought a $ 11 million fine and 1 year football ban to Ariel Ortega.

Back to Argentina

Ortega gets a chance to play with Newell’s Old Boys again on his own land. Ortega was transferred to Newell’s Old Boys in 2004. He played very well at the time he came and won a tournament for his team.

River Plate for the third time

Then he returned to River Plate for the third time in 2006. However, in Ortega’s private life, he struggled with alcohol and drug addiction problems and became a devastating factor for River Plate.


From 2008 to 2012 he played for Independiente Rivadavia, All Boys and Defensores de Belgrano for rent. In the 2009-2010 season, Argentina was selected as the best footballer of the year.

El Burrito

Ortega has never won a trophy with the Argentina national team. But he participated in many tournaments. Tournaments and their successes; 1994 FIFA World Cup, 1995 King Fahd Cup Runner-up, 1995 Copa América, 1996 Summer Olympics – Silver Medal, 1998 FIFA World Cup, 1999 Copa América, 2002 FIFA World Cup.

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