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Ricardo Omar Giusti (born 11 December 1956 in Arroyo Seco) is an Argentine former footballer. A solid midfielder, he played most of his career with Argentine side Independiente. At international level, he won the FIFA World Cup with Argentina in 1986 and was also a runner-up in the 1990 edition of the tournament. With 53 caps Giusti is currently 22nd in the appearance records for the Argentina national football team. He played a part in five major tournaments for his nation.

Ricardo Giusti
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Giusti playing for Unión de Santa Fe in 1991
Personal information
Full name Ricardo Omar Giusti
Date of birth (1956-12-11) 11 December 1956 (age 62)
Place of birth Arroyo Seco, Argentina
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defensive Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975–1978 Newell's Old Boys 108 (10)
1979–1980 Argentinos Juniors 32 (2)
1980–1991 Independiente 295 (34)
1991–1992 Unión de Santa Fe 31 (3)
Total 466 (49)
National team
1983–1990 Argentina 53 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Club careerEdit

During his career, Giusti played for Unión de Santa Fe, Argentinos Juniors and Newell's Old Boys, but he had most of his success with Independiente where he captained the team in their most successful era, and was part of the sides that won the Primera Division Argentina titles in the 1983 Metropolitano Championship and during the 1988–89 season. He was named as the club's best midfielder during Independiente's 90th anniversary.

International careerEdit

At international level, Giusti played a part in five major tournaments for Argentina. He won the FIFA World Cup with Argentina in 1986, where he played in every game for the eventual champions. He also played in the 1990 FIFA World Cup where, after missing the first two group matches, he went on to figure in every game up till the semi-finals where Argentina knocked out the hosts Italy. Giusti was sent off in that match after a second bookable offence where he elbowed Italian forward Roberto Baggio. Argentina were defeated 1–0 by West Germany in the final of the competition.

Giusti is currently 22nd in the appearance records for Argentina with a total of 53 caps between 1983 and 1990.

Career statisticsEdit



Argentina national team
Year Apps Goals
1983 3 0
1984 11 0
1985 8 0
1986 10 0
1987 5 0
1988 6 0
1989 3 0
1990 7 0
Total 53 0



  1. ^ "Ricardo Giusti". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.

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