On the last day of the January 2011 transfer window English side Blackburn Rovers signed little known 22 year old Argentine midfielder Mauro Formica from Newell's Old Boys for a fee of £3.5 million.
Formica has scored 20 goals for Newell's in 83 appearances since making his debut for the club at the age of 18 back in September 2006. On his day he looked like a great player although claims that he is the "new Maradona" are miles off the mark. One of his best performances came in this 6-0 demolition of Gimnasia de La Plata at the back end of the Clausura 2010 tournament in which he scored two goals including this spectacular finish.
Formica has a lot of confidence and potential so Blackburn fans should be pleased with the aquisition at such a modest price, however if he is not allowed a regular run in the first team to establish himself he may well become one of the legion of South American players to leave the Premier League without much success.
Part of the Golazo series.