Cult hero Riquelme rolls back the years with no-look pass in charity match
Juan Roman Riquelme rolled back the years to steal the show during a legends match – with his expert no-look pass showing that class is indeed permanent.
The Argentina hero lined up for Villarreal against icons from the Spanish national side, playing alongside the likes of Marcos Senna and Bruno Soriano – with El Matador rising up to the occasion.
Despite losing the encounter 1-0, his skill on the ball was showcased with a no-look pass into the opposition box that has been viewed more than two million times.
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The 44-year-old received the ball in midfield and rolled it backwards to assess his options, then chose to pick out the run of the right-back – while turning his head the other way.
The noise of the 19,000 strong crowd at the El Madrigal summed up the special moment, which came 15 years after the final of his 145 appearances for the club.
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During that spell the playmaker won the Intertoto Cup twice, with the highlight of his career coming in the Argentine Primera Division with Boca Juniors and 2008 Olympics with Argentina.
Riquelme won that medal in the final year of his international career, playing alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria.
With those two now veterans, who fired Argentine to World Cup glory in December, fans think they spotted a reference to Riquelme earlier in the tournament.
With skipper Messi cupping his hand behind his ears after their victory over the Netherlands – social media was quick to point out that Riquelme enjoyed doing the same across his 51 international caps.
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