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Enzo Francescoli Uriarte (born November 12, 1961 in Montevideomarker) is a former Uruguayanmarker football player of Italian and Spanish origin, who retired in 1997. He played 72 times for the Uruguay national team between 1982 and 1997, making him the most capped outfield player in Uruguayan international football.

Club career

His official debut was with the Uruguayanmarker team Montevideo Wanderers. He played several years for River Plate of Argentinamarker where he won five league titles and the Copa Libertadores in 1996 in his two spells with the club.

He also played for the Frenchmarker Racing Club de Paris (Matra Racing Paris at the time), Olympique de Marseille, and the Italianmarker teams Cagliari and Torino.

International career

Francescoli played 72 times for the Uruguay national team scoring 15 goals, between 1982 and 1997. He made appearances at the 1986 and 1990 FIFA World Cups. He won the Copa América three times with Uruguay in 1983, 1987 and 1995, he also played in the 1989 and 1993 editions of the tournament.


He was noted for his grace and fluid abilities on the ball. These qualities would later influence the style of French midfielder Zinedine Zidane, who has stated that Francescoli was his favorite player as a young boy and even named one of his sons Enzo as a homage to him.

Francescoli is known as El Principe (Spanish) or Le Prince (French), which means The Prince. He was named by Pelé as one of the top 100 greatest living footballers in March 2004.

Career statistics


River Plate

Olympique de Marseille

National team

Individual honours and achievements


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1980 Montevideo Wanderers Primera División

1983 River Plate Primera División 27 11
1984 49 29
1985-86 37 28

1986-87 Paris Division 1 35 14
1987-88 28 8
1988-89 26 10
1989-90 Olympique Marseille Division 1 28 11

1990-91 Cagliari Serie A 33 4
1991-92 33 6
1992-93 32 7
1993-94 Torino Serie A 24 3

1994-95 River Plate Primera División 16 12
1995-96 20 7
1996-97 26 15
1997-98 22 13

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