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Viral Video of the Day: Hordes of Boca Fans Beg Juan Roman Riquelme to Stay

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterJuly 10, 2012

Jilted lovers and Arsenal fans take note. This is how you win back someone you love.

Or if nothing else, this is how you try.

Supporters of Argentine club Boca Juniors have taken to the streets of Buenos Aires in a grand gesture meant to convince Juan Roman Riquelme to stay.

Known as a banderazo (flag protest), the demonstration had its beginnings on social networks and expanded to "thousands" at Boca's stadium, La Bombonera (Buenos Aires Herald).

And it's not just Buenos Aires. According to the Associated Press, the protest spread throughout the country Monday. The AP reports that "two dozen groups of fans" were involved.

The banderazo protests form the backdrop for today's B/R Viral Video of the Day. The video comes from a Visión Siete newscast, and the action begins about 55 seconds in.

For those who need reminding, this all happened because Riquelme announced last week he had played his last match for Boca. The match was a defeat to Corinthians in the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final (ESPNSoccernet).

Brazil's Flamengo quickly showed interest in the Argentine playmaker (

Riquelme, a 34-year-old creative midfielder, began his professional career with Boca in 1996 and stayed until 2002, when he joined Barcelona. He returned to Buenos Aires on loan in 2007 and signed a permanent deal in 2008.

During his two spells with Boca Juniors, Riquelme has won five league titles and the Copa Libertadores three times.

His departure is thought to be related to disagreements with Boca manager Julio Cesar Falcioni.

So, if you were Riquelme, would this be enough to convince you to return? Or would you need to see Falcioni get the boot as well?

(h/t Dirty Tackle)


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