Reinaldo Merlo #5 River Plate (Argentina) Match Worn Shirt for Argentina First Division Tournament 1983. Provenance: Former River Plate 1983 Member.
Reinaldo Carlos Merlo (born 20 May 1950) is an Argentine football coach and former player, who played as a midfielder.
Known as Mostaza (mustard) because of his off-blond hair, Merlo played his entire career for Club Atlético River Plate as a defensive midfielder. He was part of the midfield that conquered a string of championships under coach Ángel Labruna between 1975 and 1981, the others being Juan José López and Norberto Alonso. Merlo was, together with goalkeeper Ubaldo Fillol and defender Daniel Passarella, the backbone of that team. Before retirement, Merlo mentored an up-and-coming midfielder: Néstor Gorosito. Both Gallego and Gorosito have since met Merlo as rival coaches. Merlo made over 500 appearances for River. He won seven titles during his time at the club and made 42 appearances in the Superclasico, more than any other player in history.
details: Adidas trademark 'La Ciencia del Deporte'. Size 36. Made in Argentina. Adidas logo stamped/painted. Number stitched in leather material. See pictures for all details!