by Tom Lees - 10th December 2015
April 18th 2013, on that date a young Argentine forward by the name of Sebastián Driussi became an internet sensation, scoring a stunning 25-yard overhead kick in the 3-3 draw between Argentina U17 and their Uruguayan opponents. Becoming an internet darling, or YouTube sensation isn’t always a good thing, Neymar was still carrying that tag among many football fans up until he won the Champions League last season. Kerlon is an example of a player that never moved on from his famous ‘seal dribble’, but young Driussi has already begun proving himself more than just ‘that’ goal.
Graduating from the famous River Plate academy, making his full debut in December 2013, Driussi has been regularly collecting silverware both at club and National level. Claiming the Sudamericano titles at Under 17 and Under 20 levels with Argentina, the Primera División and Super Copa titles for River Plate, plus success in winning the Copa Libertadores, Copa Sudamericana, Recopa Sudamericana and Supercopa Euroamericana all with the Buenos Aires side. Not a bad CV for a player still yet to celebrate reaching 20 years of age.
Of course he is still a raw talent, with a lot left to improve in his game, but Driussi is a regular in the River Plate team that can right now claim to be the best side in South America. Clinical with his right foot, good composure and with an eye for the outrageous the Argentine is fully capable of becoming a star turn at River for many years to come, although it is perhaps more likely that a move to Europe will soon beckon. Rumours linking the forward with a move to Tottenham in the future are already surfacing, especially with fellow Argentine Mauricio Pochettino in charge at White Hart Lane. More rumours will no doubt appear in the next few weeks as Driussi and his River Plate team mates are competing in the FIFA World Club Cup.
It is difficult to predict just how far Sebastián Driussi can go in the game, there are many fine young Argentine strikers playing around the World now that even forcing his way into the full National team will be a tough ask. He does possess the talent to get right to the top, timing, determination and maybe a little luck and he could achieve it all. A player that has achieved so much already in the game, it’s fair to say enough success to escape the ‘YouTube sensation’ label, but Driussi seems to be a player with a habit for winning, not a bad habit to have.
The next two years of development, during the move from teen to twenties, as with all young talents will be key. There have seemingly not been any real setbacks for the talented forward to face yet, setbacks are what can define a career, it’s easy to shine in a winning side, so the big tests are still to come. The next season at River Plate will be an interesting watch, a hugely successful team full of quality youngsters, a drop in form inevitably will happen, it’s how the youngsters react that will show who the real quality players are.
Sebastián Driussi has gone from being about ‘that goal’, to being a first team striker, showing class in Continental competition, winning trophy after trophy both for club and Country, he has already become a part of River Plates historical success story. Not a bad career so far, and it’s only just started.