Argentine football needs to go back to its roots, says Trezeguet

The River Plate striker feels that the beautiful game in the country is not as revered as it once was in the past, while explaining why he chose to try his luck at Los Millonairos
David Trezeguet believes football in Argentina needs to "go back to its roots" if it wants to regain its universal appeal in the modern era.

After opting to cut short his 10-year association with Juventus in 2010, the forward tried his luck in Spain with Hercules and had a brief stint in the Middle East before joining River Plate.

Now, with the experience of playing in the South American country for the past 10 months, the 1998 World Cup-winner with France feels that its domestic game has some developing to do.

"Argentine football needs to go back to its roots if it wants to start taking strides forward again," Trezeguet was quoted as saying on the official Fifa website.

"Its noticeable that the country is struggling to get players of a certain standard into Europe’s biggest clubs, which tells you something.

"It’s a wake-up call. It’s clear that, for the moment, people over there [in Europe] don’t see Argentinian football quite the same way [as in the past]."

The former Monaco star then suggested that one of the current problems with Argentine football is that its players are too young and underdeveloped.

"In the 1990s, [professional] football players were older here, as there was a lengthier process to go through before going to Europe. It took more time, more work and players needed to develop more," he added.

"Nowadays, teams contain a lot of young kids who are being exposed to the pro game much more quickly than in previous eras and without their development being complete.

"That can turn out to be a positive or negative factor, depending on the type of player."

Trezeguet also revealed why he chose to return to the nation where he spent much of his childhood and his thoughts on reaching 300 professional goals - a feat that he hopes to achieve soon.

"As I left Argentina so young, I wanted to discover more about its football, which was a motivating factor for me," he continued.

"It’s been a powerful and interesting discovery, an important step in my career and also a unique and very rich experience.

"I’d like to hit a target that I’m very close to reaching: scoring my 300th goal as a professional. I am counting and I've scored 293 already. I’d like to do it wearing the River shirt."