Juan Román Riquelme spoke about the Argentina national team’s chances at the 2022 Qatar World Cup, Lionel Messi and Argentina playing at Boca’s La Bombonera stadium.
Román Riquelme and Lionel Messi were team mates for several years with the Argentina national team. They were both part of the 2006 World Cup team, part of the 2007 Copa America and won gold together at the 2008 Olympics. Now, Riquelme has since retired and is vice president of Boca Juniors.
Riquelme commented on Argentina’s chances at the 2022 Qatar World Cup. Speaking in an interview with TyC Sports, here is what he had to say:
“As long as Messi is there, we are candidates. We have the best player of all. I have no doubt that it will be a great World Cup. For Argentina to be close to be crowned champions, he has to be good. You always have to have faith in Messi.”
In regards to Lionel Messi:
“Messi is not the same one from 10 years ago. He is a genius who reinvented himself with time. Now, he plays like a number 10, who does the pass for the goal. He started by accelerating and was faster with the ball than without it. He didn’t shoot free kicks, now he shoots them better than anyone. He is a genius, he is unique. I love him a lot.”
Regarding the Argentina national team playing against Venezuela at La Bombonera stadium:
“It’s wonderful. The best player in the world is going to play on our pitch. It’s a pleasure. When they asked us, we said that for us it was a luxury. We were very grateful. Seeing Messi at the Bombonera is going to be wonderful, we are going to enjoy it a lot. Hopefully he enjoys playing at our house.”