Eduardo Novillo Astrada’s family rules





* Divides his time between Argentina and England, where he was born on October 7th 1972, while his father was playing the polo season in the United Kingdom.

* He is the oldest of six children. Of his younger siblings — Miguel, Javier, Ignacio, Alejandro and Veronica — all five boys became professional polo players.

* His sporting commitments forced him to give up studying economics with only two subjects to go before completing his university degree.

* In 1990, at barely 18 years old, he won his first major prize: the Argentinean Republic Cup.

* In 1999 his team suddenly reached the final of the Argentine Open In Palermo, setting the final touch to a season that had brought numerous victories – including  the Triple Crown Open.

* Over the past few years, he has also won the British and the US Opens, the Sotogrande Silver Cup and in 2009 he was a finalist in the US Open Championship.

* Eduardo has reached a 10-goal handicap and played on world-famous teams such as the La Cañada, Ellerstina and La Aguada – with which he currently plays with his brothers in Argentina.

* In the United States, he is a member of the Zacara and Las Monjitas teams. In the United Kingdom, he plays each year with the Black Bears.

* He is married to the Puerto Rican photographer and model, Astrid Munoz who photographed him for Jaeger LeCoultre.

* He has three sons who all play polo – Justo, Cruz and Lucio.


Practise, practise and more practise


Eduardo models Jaeger LeCoultre’s famous Reverso watch, originally made for a British polo player in India who in 1931 wanted an unbreakable and reversible watch.  


Eduardo Novillo Astrada on his toughest adversary,  Adolfo Cambiaso :


“Had he been a tennis player or a golfer or a football player, he would be better than Federer, Tiger Woods or Lionel Messi. He has won more than Messi. What other sport do you have someone for more than twenty years having number one status?

He’s amazing. I was very lucky and very unlucky to play against the best. He has the kind of anticipation that means he’s one step ahead of everyone. He reads the game so well. Even if you want to get him, he loses you and gets away from you. He gets the ball no matter what,” he told  The Daily Telegraph in July 2015.




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