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With the Argentine national football team, Romy has played 35 matches,
scoring 8 goals. He also won the Southamerican Youth Championship, and the
Football World Youth Championship, both in 1997 and with coach José Pekerman.
In 2002, after seven successful seasons with Boca Juniors, the central
midfielder was transferred to FC Barcelona for a reported £10 million. This new
stage of his life proved to be a difficult and troubling time. Shortly after his
departure from Boca, his brother, Cristian, was kidnapped. Riquelme negotiated
for his brother's release and eventually paid the ransom. He has stated before
this was one of the reasons why he chose to leave Boca although it has also been
noted Riquelme was in dispute with Boca over his contract at the time. His
arrival at Barcelona was a failure. Due to the club's struggling fortunes, there
was intense pressure on Riquelme to perform well. However, Barca's current coach
at the time, Louis Van Gaal described Riquelme as a "political signing" and
treated him with indifference. When Van Gaal did play him on rare occasions,
Riquelme was deployed on the flanks - his least effective position. He was
unable to find his form, losing his place in the first team as well as his
confidence and was loaned to Villarreal a year later.
Here he began to relax. He was surrounded by fellow Latin and South American
players, including fellow Argentine international and captain Juan Pablo Sorín.
Expectations were also much lower at Villareal and Riquelme began to display the
talents that now make him so sought after.
Riquelme is often regarded as an extremely talented playmaker with excellent
creative vision and close ball control. He has taken a conspicuous lack of pace
(a quality which football writers never fail to mention) and turned it into a
positive asset, often decreasing the tempo of the game in his team's favor while
still retaining possession through his skill and ingenuity on the ball. Of the
midfielder's abilities, legendary Arsenal coach Arsène Wenger has said, "He's
always able to slow the game down, and wait for a weak moment to kill you" .
Riquelme is often cited as the main factor in Villarreal's ascendance in La Liga
and the UEFA Champions League through the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons. At the
end of the 2004-05 campaign, Spanish sports newspaper Marca awarded him the
title of Most Artistic Player. As a result of his influential play, he earned a
nomination for the 2005 FIFA World Player of the Year award. In an effort to
keep hold of him, Villarreal bought up 75% of Riquelme's rights from Barcelona
for 5 million euros, and gave the player a 4-year contract.
A peculiar contract situation arose when, on December 7, 2005, Villarreal
beat French club Lille OSC 1-0 to win its UEFA Champions League group, knocking
out English giants Manchester United F.C., and Lille and advancing to the
lucrative knockout stages in the club's debut season in the Champions League.
Because of a clause in the transfer contract with Barcelona, Villarreal had to
pay one million euros to the Catalan club. The contract includes another two
one-million Euro clauses; one if Villarreal finishes in one of the top 4
positions of the Spanish Primera Liga in the 2005/2006 season, and an identical
clause for the 2006/2007 season.
On April 2006 the English newspaper The Daily Mirror published a rumour about
a possible interest of Manchester United's boss Sir Alex Ferguson in signing the
Argentine international in the summer transfer window, whose club would have
made an offer of £10 million, which was declined by the Villarreal.
Riquelme is not by any means a normal or a traditional player by the
standards of this generation. Argentina legend Jorge Valdano describes Riquelme
best by saying: “If we have to travel from point A to point B most of us would
take the six-lane highway and get there as quickly as possible. Riquelme would
choose the winding mountain road, the beautiful scenic route which takes him six
hours instead of two.”
During the second leg of the Champions League semi-final match between
Villareal and Arsenal, at the 89th minute, Jose Mari won his club a penalty
after a foul committed by Gael Clichy, but Jens Lehmann saved the penalty
executed by Riquelme that would have taken the match to extra time.
When Argentina became joint favourites to win the 2006 World Cup after the
group stage, Riquelme was the main reason. Riquelme was an integral part of the
Argentina side which notably dispatched Serbia and Montenegro six-nil. He
provided excellent playmaking skills which created a perfect backbone for the
Argentine side to romp home. They entered the second round in top form. However,
they were defeated in the quarter-final by Germany on penalties, after a 1-1
draw after extra-time. Riquelme delivered the corner from which Roberto Ayala
scored Argentina's goal. According to Sky Sports News , Riquelme has confirmed
Manchester United have made a 'sizeable' bid for him.
- 2005 Nominated for FIFA World Player of the Year
- 2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup (Villarreal CF)
- 2001 Copa Libertadores (Boca Juniors)
- 2000 Argentine Apertura Championship (Boca Juniors)
- 2000 Intercontinental Cup (Boca Juniors)
- 2000 Copa Libertadores (Boca Juniors)
- 1999 Argentine Clausura Championship (Boca Juniors)
- 1998 Argentine Apertura Championship (Boca Juniors)
- 1997 FIFA's World Youth Championship (under-20)
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Simply the best
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I think Juan Roman Riqueleme is the best footballer in the
He can spot a team member a mile away with those clean cut
passes, he is a play maker Argentinean style.