It's Adios To Legendary No 10 Juan Román Riquelme

Doff your cap to the retirement of a natural football genius

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Argentinian Juan Román Riquelme, who announced his retirement yesterday at 36, may not be as well-known as compatriots Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona and Sergio Aguero, but in terms of sheer outrageous moments of brilliance, he was right up there.

Fans of Boca Juniors and Villareal (his career at Barcelona was curtailed by a lack of game time) who saw him at his best, will remember the free-kicks, the turns, the flicks and the feints with the kind of fondness only afforded to a few.

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"Now I am just a fan. I will go and suffer in the stadium," he said this week. "I am very pleased with the career I had."

So he should be, as this video will testify. We'll miss you, Juan.

 
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