Martín Palermo confirmed his presence in the Villarreal Legends Party of Spain for the celebration of the centenary of the club and will once again share the field with Juan Román Riquelme, who a few days ago had also accepted the invitation and announced their participation in it. “Hello, I’m Martín Palermo, I’m very happy to participate on March 25 in the game of the legends to celebrate the centenary of the club”, were the words of the Titan in a video posted online.
He Loco, who currently works as Platense’s coach, will take a couple of days off taking advantage of the stoppage that will take place in Argentina and around the world for the double FIFA Date. He Squid He comes from achieving a very important victory against Defensa y Justicia that led him to reach Sarmiento de Junín in the penultimate place in the average table (if the contest ended today, they would play a tiebreaker for the second descent).
Although Palermo’s time with the Spanish entity was not as emblematic as Riquelme’s, the striker left a good memory among the fans. He Yellow Submarine hired him in 2001 for a sum close to 8 million dollars, after he converted the double against Real Madrid for the Intercontinental. He finished the first semester with 6 goals in 17 games and just when he was taking off in his second campaign with 3 goals in 5 games, a grandstand fell on his leg and he suffered a fractured tibia and fibula, which is why he spent several months off the fields. He recovered, but had a hard time regaining his level and was declared expendable. He tried his luck at Betis and Alavesbefore returning to Boca Juniors in 2004.
The last time that Martín and Román threw walls inside a playing field was after they had retired from professional soccer. It couldn’t be any other way than in the Bombonera itself, during the meeting tribute to Sebastián Battaglia in 2015. Waiting for what will be Riquelme’s farewell match on the same stage, the Groguets they will be pleased to see them together again with the shorts.
It is true that during their time as Boca teammates they never had feeling and they even recognized it publicly, but both formed a partnership that gave the club excellent sporting returns. After their respective retirements, they maintained a relationship of cordiality and respect, to the point that in the last transfer markets they contacted each other to resolve transfers and loans of players from the xeneize Aldosivi and Platense, teams led by Palermo.
In addition to Palermo and Riquelme, other historical Villarreal stars confirmed their presence. The Argentines Gonzalo Rodríguez, Juan Pablo Sorín and Mariano Barbosaplus Bruno Soriano, Marcos Senna, Diego Forlán, Giuseppe Rossi, Robert Pires, Rubén Gracia Cani, Andrés Palop, Moisés García, Antonio Guayre, Víctor Fernández, Igor Tasevski, Héctor Font and Xisco Nadal.
Although the centenary was celebrated on March 10, the event was confirmed by the Villarreal authorities for next Saturday 3/25, the weekend in which there will be a brief stoppage in Argentine soccer due to the dispute of the FIFA Date ( Argentina, for example, will play friendlies against Panama and Curacao to celebrate the world championship). While Boca will face off against Olimpo de Bahía Blanca for the 32nd final of the Argentine Cup that same day in Chaco, Platense will visit Banfield only the following week. Tickets were put on sale for values between 5 and 10 euros.