Ignacio Scocco's hat-trick maintained Newell's push for the Argentine Primera Division title.
"[In South America] we mark differently. Sergio Ramos comes running in and nobody touches him. Here he would not be able to get going," Riquelme said.
The Argentina FA and the players' union on Wednesday reached an preliminary agreement that ends the players' strike.
A players' strike delayed the start of the Argentina football season with two first division games postponed and no sign that matches will go ahead.
Argentina President Mauricio Macri on Thursday confirmed that the funds had been transferred to AFA to be distributed among the clubs.
Players with an Argentine first-division team have been robbed at gunpoint as they prepared to train.