Grondona to pressure for Riquelme’s return

One more chance for Riquelme?

Will we see Riquelme and Messi together again?

According to a report published in Clarin, AFA President Julio Grondona will talk to Juan Roman Riquelme and ask him to return to the national team so that he can play in the World Cup.

What will Maradona say about this?

Will he stick to his demands that Riquelme face his teammates and explain why he abandoned the team when it needed him the most or will he agree to anything in order to have Riquelme back on the team.

What about Messi?

He will certainly not be happy about the news of Riquelme’s possible return.

It is no secret that Messi strongly dislikes Riquelme. Their time together with Argentina has been filled with conflict.

What do you all think about Riquelme returning
to the national team?



Grondona impulsaría el retorno de Riquelme a la Selección

Desde AFA deslizan que el presidente tiene pensado llamar al hombre de Boca para que vuelva al equipo nacional y juegue en Sudáfrica. La condición de Román sería que sea el propio Maradona quien tome la iniciativa.

Sabido es que la Selección necesita un conductor y que Riquelme puede cumplir a la perfección con ese rol dentro del equipo de Diego Maradona. Pero también se sabe que la relación entre el Diez de Boca y el DT argentino está rota desde hace tiempo. Por eso, Julio Grondona será quien tome cartas en el asunto y según se pudo escuchar desde AFA, el presidente intentará que Román vuelva a vestir la celeste y blanca.

La ruptura entre los Diez, ocurrió a los pocos días de la asunción de Maradona como DT de la Selección. “Así no me sirve”, dijo Diego por televisión y eso no le gustó ni un poco a Riquelme, que contragolpeó: “No manejamos los mismos códigos”, argumentó para pegar un portazo y renunciar al seleccionado.

Riquelme se cansó de decir que era un tema cerrado para él. Pero muchos saben que Grondona tiene el peso suficiente en AFA para interceder y para que el enganche pegue la vuelta. Desde AFA deslizan que el mandamás tiene pensado pegarle un tubazo a Román y que éste ya sabe hasta qué responderá: “Si Maradona me lo pide puede ser, debe nacer de él…”.


19 Responses to Grondona to pressure for Riquelme’s return

  1. Humbird says:

    Somehow the team seems slower when he is on the pitch.

  2. Quico882k3 says:

    Its time for RIQUELME to take charge LETS GO ARGENTINA WC 2010!!!

  3. Gabriel says:

    i want riquelme back on the team. so what if its slower, i want to see beautiful football like they did at the 06 world cup

  4. Humbird says:

    I want to see winning football. What difference does it make if it’s beautiful when it ends like the last Copa America?

    • Quico882k3 says:

      i see were your comming from but just because we didnt win the copa america doesnt mean that we werent playing winning football we destroyed all our other opponents to get to the final against brazil and we lost based on brazils counter attack but riquelme played good and showed he has what it takes to lead the attack and riquelme might be have his days but in the world cup he does what he has to do and plays well all the time he was crucial in 2006 made argentina lethal he doesnt slack in a world cup

  5. pintadoazulblanco says:

    I totally agree with you Humbird.

  6. Chris says:

    I Personally am curious to see what it does to our team IF he were to come back.. Like I said before, I like Riquelme when he’s in form, but im not his number a fan.. Just like Pintadoazul said before, he has quit the team twice already… so I see it as he acts like a baby at times.. we all know, and from wacthing him play in boca or even on NT, if he’s not having a good day before the game, he’s a kind of player that will play horrible in the Match..
    But I dont think we have much options anymore, I agree with Pintado again, on having Banega, Masche, cambiasso, aimar, we’ll definetly play well, but I do have to admit, when Riquelme was on the pitch, the game is different !
    Im not sayin to take him to the WC, but I would try him out for the next matches that are coming up .
    thats my opinion i guess, i might be wrong though.

  7. pintadoazulblanco says:

    I’ve gone back and forth on this but right now I believe that Argentina does not need an enganche/playmaker.

    I think that we have dynamic players like Di Maria, Banega, Aimar and Cambiasso that can participate in the play build up and lead the attack without being forced to play in the playmaker position.

    As far as Riquelme, I really hope he does not return.

    I won’t be able to stomach seeing him again with the Argentina shirt, playing in another World Cup, no less.

  8. Gabriel says:

    ya thats fine if banega cambiasso and aimar actually get a chance to play. maradona has used barely used them and when he does, like banega and cambiasso its for like the last 10 minutes. Its not fair they need to play a full match to show what they can do, especially diego milito our best striker

  9. pintadoazulblanco says:

    Everything that is debated here is based on what if’s not on certainties.

    Everybody knows that Maradona has barely used Banega Cambiasso and Aimar.

    The point is that all of these players are in top form with their clubs and some of us would like to see them get a chance to play with Argentina.

    I find it more interesting to talk about players that should be in the starting lineup but are not.

    Who wants to talk about Jonas Gutierrez, Heinze, Datolo, etc…?

    I would find it too depressing.

  10. pintadoazulblanco says:

    Milito the best Argentina striker?

    Better than Messi and Higuain?

    I have to disagree.

  11. Chris says:

    how many times has milito been called up to the NT !?!
    lets be realistic guys, what has he done for us????
    NOTHING..yes he’s been scoring goals like crazy at inter, but so Has Higuain, and Milito does not perform well on NT.

    Higuain on the other hand, is a great “9” that we need, finishs great when given the ball, hustles every time, and even if he plays back more or to the sides, he has great pass’s.. Higuain definetly needs to be in starting 11, i just wish Diego would leave him on the patch longer instead of subing him for the second half, I hope he comes back from his injury this week and starts scoring goals again, my fear is, knowing how diego is, Higuain slips from form one bit, and he will leave him for good !

    By the way, how did this conversation start from being about Riquelme, and ending up to our strikers..
    : ) Just a thought.

    • pintadoazulblanco says:

      The fact that Milito is a prolific goal scorer in Europe is indisputable.

      But it is also true that he’s been given playing opportunities with the national team and has not impressed.

      If we bring up things like playing skills/talent, Milito is not on the same level as Messi and Higuain.

      That said I wouldn’t mind seeing Milito in the WC squad.

      But I don’t ever look at him as someone that should be in the Argentina starting lineup, let alone consider him the best forward in Argentine football.

      • pintadoazulblanco says:

        Chris, funny you should say that about Higuain.

        I’ve been thinking the same thing lately.

        I fear that Maradona will use Pipita’s return from injury as an excuse to keep him out of the starting lineup and bring Aguero, Tevez or Palermo back in the starting lineup for the World Cup.

  12. Pablito says:

    Yes, I never thought I’d be saying this. But I hope Riquelme does come back… provoca llorar jajaj. Whats with all this conflict I hear about Messi and Riquelme, I could have sworen I heard in a interview that Messi likes Riquelme and that their friends. Played lovely during the Olympics and got us Gold. Please… tiny infant baby jesus, let Riquelme come back and let us get our 3rd cup!

  13. pintadoazulblanco says:

    Messi is not going to say in public that he can’t stand Riquelme. I mean seriously.

    Their relationship reached such a low point that Messi almost walked out of the Argentina training camp in Ecuador before that WC qualifier. Veron and Zanetti had to restrain him and calm him down or it would have turned into a tremendous scandal.

    Let’s not forget that Basile, during his time as Argentina manager, treated Riquelme like the superstar of the team, the untouchable one and allowed Riquelme to walk around his teammates with those kind of airs.

    Messi did not like that one bit.

    Even Julio Grondona had to intervene as the situation got worse.

    In the locker room after that WC qualifier he told Messi, in front of Riquelme, “This is your team, take charge of it.”

  14. norma says:

    leave Riquelme where he is right now and sent Maradona somewhere too
    we need a real coach and a player who really feel proud of wearing the Argentina shirt.
    Riquelme is not he is moody arrogant person

  15. aud-leicester-uk says:

    beautiful football we dont need the PHYSCOTIC ONE his insane…

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