Luxury visit, Roman. Robert Piersthe 1998 French world champion is touring several of the most important courts in Argentina, and this time it was his turn to visit Juan roman riquelmewho was his partner in Villarreal between 2006 and 2007, prior to the return of the idol to Boca. The Frenchman went to see Xeneize this Sunday against Rosario Central and enjoyed some time with JRR.
This was told by Boca’s official account on social networks, message and photo included: “Luxury visit! @piresrobert7, world champion with France, attended the match against Central and enjoyed an afternoon of pure football with his friend, Juan Román Riquelme. #Come on mouth”.
The former Arsenal footballer visited the Vélez stadium (Boca could not be local at La Bombonera due to arrangements on the playing field) to witness the duel that ended in a 2-1 victory for Xeneize against Central, with goals from Carlos Izquierdoz and Frank Fabra.
“I like 22, Villaa lot of skill, speed, he is a player who can make a difference. Also on the 8th, Pol Fernandezhandles the ball very well,” said the prestigious former soccer player about those who caught his attention in Sebastián Battaglia’s team.
Pires is passing through several Argentine clubs. River, Argentinos Juniors, Racing and Estudiantes were some who already received it. The Frenchman, who works with a representative agency, look for players in our country to recommend in European football and, in addition, the opportunity to meet old friends, such as the historic 10 of Boca, is not lost.
Robert Pires with Riquelme.
THE PRAISES OF PIRES TO THE ARGENTINE PLAYERS
On his way through the Argentine courts, Pires was taking note of some names that he liked: Enzo Fernandez in River, Matias Galarza del Bicho, the most outstanding, although it is also estimated that Balthazar Rodriguezof the lower ones of Racing, would be another one that is in the folder.
“I’m working, I came to watch games and see my friend, Román RiquelmeI have played a short time with him but we have stayed in contact, with a good relationship. I came to see Verón and some players to see if we can take them to Europe“Pires assured TyC Sports. And he praised the 15th Argentinian, Galarza: “Because of the way he runs and handles the ball, he is similar to Riquelme”.
“I really liked Enzo Fernandez. It’s not because I used to play there, almost in the same position: he has a very good way of playing and great movements. He always offers a solution to his teammates, he handles the ball very well“, explained to ESPN the world champion with France in 1998. “I like that he always wants to break the lines and play with the ends and the forwards,” he added.
On the other hand, he referred to Julian Alvarez: “What can I tell you? He is very good. When we see what he is doing, that he has very good technique and a lot of speed, it means a lot of things. He is a good player, who is sure to improve a lot with City and Pep Guardiola, with players like Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne“.
What’s more, the agency where Pires works represents Baltasar Rodríguez18-year-old Racing youth. The meeting that the French saw at the Tita Predio It was the defeat of the Academy Reserve 4-0 against Argentinos, and the boy entered when the game was already 3-0.
The historic Arsenal footballer, an important step for Villarreal between 2006 and 2010, he shared a team there with Gonzalo Rodríguez and Rodolfo Arruabarrena, among others. And here was a photo with Marcelo Gallardo and Juan Sebastian Veronin addition to Riquelme.
Robert Pires, on the field of Estudiantes with Verón.
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Robert Pires, with Riquelme and his time on the Argentine courts