Wily, diminutive, tricky, graceful; feel free to add your own adjectives.  Ossie Ardiles arrived at Tottenham Hotspur from Huracán in 1978 alongside fellow World Cup winner Ricky Villa and became a firm favourite with the White Hart Lane faithful. 

While younger Spurs fans will marvel at the silky skills of Luka Modric, older ones will recall the guile of creator in chief Ardiles.  Like Modric, not the most prolific goalscorer, but the key creative component of a number of Spurs sides in the late 1970’s and early 80’s.

Sixty today, Ossie is back in management with second tier J League outfit Machida Zelvia.  Here’s a nice tribute from 1985…

....and Ossie's finest hour?  Argentina 78? Wembley 81? There's only ONE contender..

AuthorIBWM Staff