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Riquelme hints at retirement

Nemanja Lazarevic in Transfer News & Rumours 25 Dec 2014

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Boca Juniors legend Juan Roman Riquelme has hinted that he could end his playing career in the near future.

The 36-year-old has helped boyhood club Argentinos Juniors gain promotion to the elite division, but he has no plans to represent the club in the top flight.

Riquelme has fulfilled his promise of helping Bichos Colorados return to the Primera Division, and he is now set to leave after just five months.

“When I returned to Argentinos Juniors, I sat with the leaders and my agent and told them that I returned to give a hand and get the club back to Primera Division,” Riquelme told ESPN.

“The objective was met in five months and now we’re even.”

The veteran midfielder then went on to suggest that he would retire unless a tempting offer was to appear.

“I’ll see if an offer from a team that excites me appears. If so, I will try to play a bit longer. If not, I am going to enjoy with my family and barbecues with my friends.”

Juan Roman Riquelme is one of Argentina’s most famous footballers ever and he has long ago earned a legendary status among the Boca Juniors faithful.

Having led the Argentine giants to three Copa Libertadores titles, the attacking midfielder is even more popular than Diego Armando Maradona among La Xeneize.

Riquelme has spent the majority of his career at La Bombonera, while enjoying a disappointing spell at Barcelona and several very successful years with Villarreal.

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Nemanja Lazarevic


Working as editor-in-chief at Soccernews.com, Nemanja Lazarevic is responsible for organising and managing the team of writers to ensure the content produced on the site meets high industry standards and remains interesting to our readers. As our go-to guy for the football transfer news, he uses an extensive experience in the industry to dig up latest transfer stories from local sources.

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