Considered amongst one of the top goalkeepers in the league, Mario Cuenca is an Argentine football player who has spent his entire 13-year career playing for clubs in the top-flight in the country. In 1995, Mario started his playing career at Talleres and became part of the team that won the Primera B Nacional title to send Talleres into the top division. Talleres wont he Copa CONMEBOL in 1999, another laurel that lies in Mario’s cabinet today. His tryst with the club lasted up until 2002 and saw him man the posts in 222 games. Surprisingly, Mario also scored 7 times through set pieces mainly.
His transfer saw him end up at Racing Club however, between 2002 and 2005, he only managed to get 5 games and mainly warmed the bench as the second keeper. He moved back to Talleres in 2005 but failed to break into the first team and throughout the season, sat on the sidelines. A year later, Mario decided to go back to Racing Club and this time ‘round, he got first team action. 40 games in the season and a number of stellar performances saw Arsenal de Sarandi run for his signature at the end of the 2006 season. Since then, Mario has been Arsenal de Sarandi and has played 72 games while scoring twice.
The highlight of his Arsenal career has been the performance against River Plate in the Copa Sudamericana tournament in 2007. Not only did Mario make a number of brilliant saves during the game, once the match went to a shootout, he saved to penalties and as if that wasn’t enough, he sent Arsenal to their first ever major final by scoring the winning penalty. Arsenal won the Copa Sudamericana and added another feather to Mario’s crown.