Like the Champions League in Europe, the Copa Libertadores is Latin America's most coveted club football trophy and Crespo's dreams became reality when he scored the goals that beat America de Cali in 1996.
Two years earlier, an 18-year-old Crespo was on cloud nine when he scored in his first ever Superclasico against fierce rivals Boca at La Bombonera.
And now the young Argentine's prowess in the box earned his boyhood club their second tournament triumph, 10 years after the first, which also happened to be America de Cali's expense.
Crespo was in the stands on that occasion and was delighted to bring the trophy back.
"It was the realisation of a dream," he told Four Four Two.
"I'd been River all my life, I was a local boy and I won the biggest trophy."
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