Maradona: Riquelme is ‘traitor’ for leaving Boca
Diego Maradona called Juan Roman Riquelme a ”traitor” on
Wednesday for leaving Boca Juniors, renewing an ongoing feud.
Maradona used the term in a radio interview.
”If one wants to fight with Maradona, that’s not important to
me,” Maradona said on Radio Metro. ”But what you can’t do is be a
traitor to the fans at Boca.”
Riquelme, a former Barcelona and Villarreal playmaker, shocked
Boca fans this month by announcing he was leaving after the club
lost to Corinthians in the final of the Copa Libertadores – the top
club championship in Latin America.
Riquelme said he was ”empty” and had nothing left to give to
the club, with reports suggesting he might move to another
Argentine team or to a club in China or in the Middle East.
”You can’t be empty just after losing the final of the Copa
Libertadores,” Maradona said. ”If you’re empty, then fill up the
Maradona gained his early fame at Boca Juniors and, like
Riquelme, was a fan favorite.
When he was coaching Argentina’s national team, Maradona often
overlooked Riquelme, declining to call him up for the 2010 World
Riquelme played for Argentina at the 2006 World Cup, leading the
team to the quarterfinals under coach Jose Pekerman.
Maradona recently was let go as coach of the Al Wasl club in
Dubai after a one-year stint.