(Spanish CNN) –– Juan Román Riquelme played his last game at La Bombonera on May 11, 2014. On December 7 of the same year, he hung up his boots with the shirt of Argentinos Juniors, the club where he was born in football, against Douglas Haig of Pergamino.
9 years have passed since. A lot of water has flowed under the bridge. Juan Román Riquelme continues to have the halo of being Boca’s biggest idol. Now he finds him as vice-president of his beloved club.
“It took me a long time to make this decision but it’s wonderful,” said the star who filled his fans with joy for his immeasurable talent and fantastic signature game which won praise beyond. Argentina.
This Sunday, the great footballer will have his farewell party at the xeneize temple. “La Bombonera will be wonderful, as always,” Riquelme said a few days ago, confirming the long-awaited event.
The match will be played this Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Miami time and will have the special presence of the newcomer from Inter Miami. “Messi is going to be there. For me it’s also a dream,” said the former Argentina national team player.
The members of Boca Juniors, the privileged
The Ribera club has announced through its social networks that Boca members will be able to purchase tickets, exclusive for season ticket holders, starting this Thursday at 1:00 p.m. Miami time.
While on Friday, starting at 1:00 p.m. Miami time, general tickets will go on sale with exclusive priority for returning members of all categories except patrons. Boca Juniors specifies that places will be limited until availability is exhausted.
In both cases, the purchase will be made online via the club page.
Boca does not provide information on the cost of tickets. According to the Telam agency, prices start at around 59 US dollars (15,000 Argentine pesos) for a popular ticket. Upper stalls go up to around US$118 (30,000 Argentine pesos). For their part, the medium and low stands cost around 198 US$ (50,000 Argentine pesos), according to the official dollar exchange rate.
The big event, which will begin at 3:00 p.m. Miami time, will be broadcast by Public TV or Channel 9, according to the Telam agency. At the end, the words that Riquelme would say on a stage set up in the center of the field are particularly awaited.
Boca Juniors vs. Argentina national team
The duel will be Boca Juniors vs. the selection of Argentina, confirmed the exastro xeneize. In the xeneize team will be the base of the team that was filled with glory from the late 1990s to 2003, a time when Boca won 9 titles. Carlos Bianchi, who was the technical director with Riquelme as star, will be present at the head of the team.
One of the biggest impacts came in 2000, when Boca Juniors won the Intercontinental Cup in Tokyo, beating Real Madrid 2-0, with an outstanding performance from Juan Román Riquelme and also Martín Palermo.
“I’m happy because each of those I invite immediately says yes,” said the magician of the ball during the press conference announcing the match, evoking the will of each of the guests at the big party.
From the Boca universe, some of them will be Mauricio Serna, Jorge Bermúdez, Marcelo Delgado, Hugo Ibarra, the twins Guillermo and Gustavo Barros Schelotto, Blas Giunta, Óscar Córdoba, Sebastián Battaglia, Raúl Cascini, Fernando Gago, Nicolás Burdisso, Clemente Rodríguez, Rodrigo Palacio, Roberto Abbondanzieri, Clemente Rodríguez, Éver Banega, Claudio Morel Rodríguez, among others.
Opposite will be the Argentine team which would be managed by José Pekerman, the idol coach of Boca at youth level and at the senior level of the albiceleste. Another former Argentine national team and Boca technical director, Alfio ‘Coco’ Basile, was also invited. Among the stars who have worn the jersey of the triple world champion will be the coach of the Albiceleste, Lionel Scaloni and his technical staff Walter Samuel, Roberto Ayala and Pablo Aimar.
The other special guests who will be present are Leandro Paredes and Angel Di María. In addition to Sergio Romero, Gabriel Heinze, Javier Mascherano, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Juan Pablo Sorín, Javier Saviola, Lucho González, among others.