Juan Román Riquelme made a lightning trip to Paraguay to be with the president of Conmebol, Eduardo Domínguez, who is going through a painful moment after the death of his father.
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In the images that went viral on the networks, you can see Riquelme's affectionate hug with Alejandro Domínguez, to whom he went to give his condolences at this sad moment.
Alejandro Domínguez and Juan Román Riquelme have had a very good relationship for years. The president of Boca traveled to Paraguay to be near his friend at the funeral of his father. (Photo: EFE)
Osvaldo Domínguez, former basketball player and coach, died at the age of 83 and will be remembered for his work as president of Olimpia de Paraguay in two cycles: 1974-1990 and 1995-2004. Under his management, the club he loves won a total of 21 titles: 7 international and 14 national.
The AFA also joined the messages of condolence on social networks: “#ProfundoPain The AFA, on behalf of President Claudio Tapia and the Executive Committee, sends its condolences to Mr. Alejandro Domínguez and his entire family in this difficult and painful moment” .
Meanwhile, “Chiqui” Tapia accompanied the head of Conmebol via “A lot of strength, friend.”
The rest of the federations that make up Conmebol respectfully remembered Domínguez Sr. with condolences on social networks.
The message published by Alejandro Domínguez, president of Conmebol (Photo: @agdws).
Juan Román Riquelme's request to Conmebol
Last season, Boca reached the final of the Copa Libertadores, but lost to Fluminense. Xeneize completely dedicated itself to this goal and was unable to qualify for this year's edition. For this reason, Juan Román Riquelme made an unthinkable proposal to Conmebol in which he would have obtained a ticket.
In an interview on ESPN, Riquelme suggested that the two finalists of the Copa Libertadores should automatically qualify for the next edition. At the same time, he revealed a curiosity: if Boca were champions, Fluminense would not have qualified for this edition either, since they finished seventh in the Brasileirao.
“Is rare. Therefore, it would be more fair for the two finalists to qualify and play in the next Cup. Then they end up classifying seventh, eighth. In a certain way you are representing the country playing the Copa Libertadores,” said Riquelme.
Despite the frustration of having been so close to consecration, with the risk of not playing in the continental tournament this year, the president of Boca would not change anything. “If you give me the choice: 'you get to the final, but keep in mind that you are going to be out by one point or two', I'm going to tell you, 'no, I'll play the final to see if I can win it.'”
Although they will not play in the Copa Libertadores this year, Xeneize will have international participation and will compete in the Copa Sudamericana. For his part, Riquelme was enthusiastic and will seek to “give joy to the fans.”