River Plate - Football's breeding ground

Sportstar Photo Story: Club Atlético River Plate, commonly known as River Plate is the breeding ground of passionate footballers.

Argentina's historic football team, Club Atlético River Plate, that produced the likes of Alfredo Di Stefano and Hernan Crespo, turns 115 years old today. Here's our pick of seven former River Plate players who are keeping alive the club's policy of "Ganar, Gustar y Golear" (Win, Enjoy & Thrash). Photo: Getty Images
Passion and panache defines Javier Mascherano on the pitch. The defensive midfielder, who also plays as a Centre Back, currently plies his trade at Barcelona. Photo: Getty Images
Inter Milan great Esteban Cambiasso might be in the twilight of his career but he still remains the fulcrum for Greek club Olympiacos. He also played a vital role in Leicester City's incredible battle for survival in the 2014-15 season. Photo: Getty Images
At Bayern Munich, they still sing songs about defender Martín Demichelis. In his seven and a half years with the Reds, he won 11 titles. He currently plays for Premier League side Manchester City. Photo: Getty Images
Gonzalo Higuaín is arguably the best poacher if not the best striker in the world today. He has scored 71 goals in 104 matches for his current club Napoli and has been linked with a possible move to Arsenal or Chelsea. Photo: Getty Images
Form is temporary, class is permanent. At least that is what Falcao must be hoping. His stints with Premier League sides Manchester United and Chelsea might not have gone well but the former Atletico striker will be hoping to rekindle his form next season. Photo: Getty Images
After shining for Roma, Erik Lamela took time to find his feet at Tottenham. But after an impressive season under Mauricio Pochettino, one can expect greater things from this River Plate product. Photo: Getty Images
Manuel Lanzini, 23, had a breakthrough season with West Ham United and will be looking to make it big when the Hammers move to the new Olympic Stadium. Photo: Getty Images