Rated at the highest possible handicap in polo - ten goals - Adolfo Cambiaso for many years has been one of the best polo players in the world. He became the youngest player in the history of the sport to reach the ten goals handicap, at the age of just 17.
First on a horse at the age of two, Cambiaso could ride almost before he could walk. Totally involved in polo on his family's La Martina ranch outside Buenos Aires, he was given a head start to his career.
From a young age his mother Martina de Estrada Lainez encouraged her son and his half brothers to play polo. By the time he was 12, his handicap reached one goal. A year later, with a three goal handicap, he won the Eduardo Heguy Cup with the La Martina team, playing with his father who was a four goal player.
Cambiaso has won every important international polo tournament in the world: Argentine Open, Hurlingham Open, US Open, Gold Cup (US), World Cup of the Americas (US), Silver Cup (Spain), Golden Cup (Spain), Gold Cup (UK), Queens Cup (UK), Royal Pahang, Indios Open, Tortugas Open, Jockey Club Open, Players Open, Metropolitano Alto and Pilar Open.
In the field, he was omnipresent, alternately marking the No 1 man, stealing the ball from the No 2, scooping the ball out of the mouth of the goal like a No 4 and hassling the No 3 as he is supposed to. He could both control the ball and hit great distances with accuracy. It is said that his unique approach to the game, his ability to captain a team and his unorthodox approach, changed the way the game was played.
Today, his priority is his family. Adolfo is married to Maria Vazquez, an Argentine model, and they have a daughter, Mia. He breeds and sells polo horses.