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Argentine playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme retired from Football

Jan 27, 2015 16:16 IST

Argentine playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme retired from football on 26 January 2015. 36-year-old legendary Argentine represented his country in 2006 World Cup in Germany.

He debuted for Argentina’s national team in 1996 against Colombia and went on to represent Argentina 51 times and scored 17 goals. He also was the Captain of Argentina’s football team that won the Gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

He made his professional debut in 1996 with Boca Juniors at the age of 18 and went on to become one of the greatest players of the club apart from Diego Maradona. He later on played for another domestic club Argentinos Juniors where Maradona also started out.

He also played for Spanish clubs Villarreal and Barcelona.

As a professional footballer, he won three Copa Libertadores titles (South America's equivalent of the Champions League) and an Intercontinental Cup for Argentine giants Boca Juniors in his career.

In his career, he played nearly 600 games for four different clubs and Argentina and scored nearly 150 goals.

He was named as South American Player of the Year and Argentine Player of the Year four times.


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