The two at the top.
A quick look at the backgrounds of two high goal players that are currently at the top of their game.
Facundo Pieres was born in Buenos Aires, in Argentina on 19th May 1986. He comes from the famous Pieres family of polo players and is the second son of polo legend Gonzalo Pieres Snr. His two brothers, Gonzalo Pieres Jr and Nicolas Pieres are also professional polo players, often playing alongside him for Ellerstina.
His career started in 1997, when he won the Copa Potrillas with the Ellerstina Jr team – a subsidiary team for the Ellerstina Club that was founded by his father and Australian media tycoon, Kerry Packer. Since then he has played in high-goal matches around the world, winning the Hurlingham Open, Tortugas Open and Jockey Club Open as well as the famous Argentine Polo Open.
He was promoted to a handicap of 10-goals in 2005 at the age of 19 – replacing Adolfo Cambiaso as the youngest polo player to reach the 10-goals handicap.
Adolfo Cambiaso was born in Canuelas, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina on 15th April 1975. Cambiaso is famous for his trademark Argentine flag polo helmet.
From a young age, Adolfo’s mother, Martina de Estrada Lainez, encouraged her son and his half brothers to play polo. By the time he was 12, he had reached a 1-Goal handicap. By 13, he was a 3-Goal and won the prestigious Eduardo Heguy Cup with the La Martina team playing alongside his father.
In 1994, Cambiaso won the “Triple Corona” (Argentine Open, Hurlingham Open and Tortugas Cup) with the team Ellerstina and was promoted to a 10-Goal handicap, making him at 20 the youngest player at the time to reach 10-Goals.
By 2008, he was considered one of the best players in the world and is the most successful player in the Argentine Open. He has broken Bautista Heguy’s record of 531 goals.