Is Juan Roman Riquelme Boca Juniors' Problem?

Pablo ImazContributor INovember 24, 2010

CASTELLO DE LA PLANA, SPAIN - APRIL 25: Alexander Hleb (R) of Arsenal tackles Roman Riquelme of Villarreal during the UEFA Champions League semi-final, second leg match between Arsenal and Villarreal at the Madrigal stadium on April 25, 2006 in Villarreal, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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On paper, it is the perfect fit: Juan Roman Riquelme, a life-long fan of Los Xeneizes and arguably the most talented player playing his trade outside of Europe and Boca Juniors.

After Riquelme fell out with Villareal boss Manuel Pellegrini in 2007, the former Barcelona man was loaned back to Boca for the 2007 Copa Libertadores campaign.

Riquelme was in imperious form throughout the tournament and was named the Most Outstanding Player as Boca lifted the Copa for the sixth time in history.

After returning to Spain, Riquelme and Boca worked out an agreement with Villareal to see the playmaker return to Argentina full-time in 2008, and although he led Boca to the Apertura 2008 Title, his performances overall have left a lot to be desired.

Riquelme’s talent is not under question. The No. 10 is probably the best player in Boca’s long history, and his performances for Argentina have been strong as well.

Even though Riquelme left the National Team halfway through qualifying for South Africa 2010 due to a disagreement with coach Diego Maradona...

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