The three River referents who could leave the club at the end of the year

Jonatan Maidana and Javier Pinola end their contracts in December 2021 and there is no news regarding their continuity, while Leonardo Ponzio has already confirmed his goodbye, due to the fact that he will retire from professional football. In this way, River could lose the most experienced voices on his team.

In four months, the central defenders – without the prominence of the past due to the good performances of Héctor David Martínez, Paulo Díaz and Robert Rojas – will conclude their ties in Núñez and uncertainty sprouts. At 38 years old, Pinola could emigrate or the possibility of hanging up his boots is even being considered. For his part, Jony, 36, could continue for a while longer with the red band across his chest, although there is nothing defined.

The situation of the Lion is the clearest of all: with almost 40 calendars on his back as a stainless midfielder, he will close at the end of the year his most glorious stage in the institution where he became an idol and will take the opportunity to dedicate more time to his family and settle down in Las Rosas, his hometown in Santa Fe. However, the idea that he continues to be linked to the club is not unreasonable.


With the possible departures of three weighty surnames, River’s wardrobe will begin to adopt its new leaders, among whom Enzo Pérez, Franco Armani and Milton Casco appear, players who already have a long journey defending the shirt.

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