One thing that truly stands out for the two-time World Cup winners is the quality of their strike force. Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani strike fear in opposition defence and on days when either of two fail, Oscar Tabarez has the option to call on Diego Forlan — the 2010 Golden Ball winner (the award is given to the best player at the tournament) — to shore up the attack. But the player, who puts in the hard yards, so that the stars do their trickery up front, is little known midfielder Arevalo Rios.
Rios is one of the first names that is put on the team list by Tabarez. He played all the matches during the 2010 World Cup and as well as during the Copa America win in 2011 and it was his assist that won Uruguay, the record-leveling 15 th title with Argentina. He was perhaps the only one from the 2010 team — that finished third — who wasn’t signed by any of the bigger clubs in Europe despite playing a stellar role.
Staying under the radar isn’t knew to a player, who famously rode a bus to the training venue in 2006, when he was called up to the national team for the first time. After playing the central role as his team’s (Penarol) to the final of the Clausura, premier division final, Rios had announced: “I am not on emails, computers and books.” Well he couldn’t afford one, much like a car.
FIFA Ranking 7
Betting Ranking 10
ELO Ranking 9
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