December 6, 2013
Initial tournamentSaturday, October 19, 2013
Riquelme feels retirement is far away
Boca Juniors idol Juan Román Riquelme, 35, feels his retirement is still far away and that he “has plenty of petrol in his tank” to continue playing.
Boca Juniors captain Juan Román Riquelme said yesterday that he thinks his retirement is still far away, although he is 35 years old.
“I still have a lot of petrol in my tank to be able to continue playing. I train with 20-year-old boys every day and they make me run a lot. I think I can play a bit more and I’m keen to do so,” he said.
Riquelme also added: “If for the next six months I continue to feel well as now and think I can help the team, I will continue. If I feel I cannot, I will say goodbye to the coach and the president and send a big kiss to the fans thanking them for their support and go.”
Riquelme has the highest paid contract in Argentine soccer which club president Daniel Angelici objected to at the time of signing because it was costing more than the club could afford, but he is an idol of the fans.
Boca will visit Godoy Cruz tomorrow in Mendoza. Coach Carlos Bianchi did not confirm the first team, but it will probably be: Agustín Orion; Matías Caruzzo, Claudio Pérez, Guillermo Burdisso, Daniel Díaz; Pablo Ledesma, Federico Bravo, Jesús Méndez; Riquelme; Juan Manuel Martínez and Emanuel Gigliotti.