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Riquelme the last great leader of Argentine football

Juan Roman Riquelme announced his retirement after an illustrious career with Barcelona, Villarreal and Boca Juniors.

BUENOS AIRES -- Juan Roman Riquelme was mulling over the idea for years. Everyone remembers when, in 2012, with the strange backdrop of a Copa Libertadores final against Corinthians, he announced he was leaving Boca Juniors, that he was empty, that soccer had nothing left to offer him.

Then, faced with a concerted outcry, Riquelme returned to the fold. Full of sentimental phrases, he recovered from his fleeting apathy to renew his vows to his beloved team.

Now, it seems, he is leaving for good....

By ESPN Staff
4 days ago

Is Riquelme among the best of this era?

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti breaks down what made Juan Roman Riquelme a unique midfielder of the modern game.

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 By Tim Vickery

Juan Roman Riquelme: The master of his art will be missed by Argentina

The ESPN FC team reflect back on Juan Roman Riquelme's storied career and the crew is forced to pick which was the best professional footballer.

Towards the end of 2001, a tribute match for Argentine legend Diego Maradona was staged at Boca Juniors' famous stadium, La Bombonera, in Buenos Aires. The spectators included then-Argentina national team coach Marcelo Bielsa, who was roundly booed. However, the fans' ire had nothing to do with any falling out between Bielsa and Maradona, but rather the fact that the coach had no place in his team for Juan Roman Riquelme, the playmaker and idol of the Boca side of the time -- who announced his retirement...

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4 days ago

Argentine icon Riquelme retires

Juan Roman Riquelme announced his retirement after an illustrious career with Barcelona, Villarreal and Boca Juniors.

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Juan Riquelme -- ex-Argentina, Boca Juniors and Villarreal star -- retires

Juan Roman Riquelme announced his retirement after an illustrious career with Barcelona, Villarreal and Boca Juniors.

Legendary Argentina and Boca Juniors playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme has retired from football.

Speaking Sunday in an interview with ESPN Argentina, the 2008 Olympic gold medalist made it official: "I've made the decision to not play football anymore," said the 36-year-old Riquelme. "I have been clear since after [earning] promotion with Argentinos. I was clear that to continue playing it had to be something that interested me. I thought it best to take it calmly and communicate that I am not going...