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Though the focus is on Lionel Messi and his 30th birthday, let's remember that another Argentine genius synonymous with the number ten also celebrates his big day.
That's because Juan Roman Riquelme, one of the most gifted players of our generation, turns 39 today.
Cumple 39 Juan Roman Riquelme. Volvé, el fútbol te extraña horrores #CumplenRoman pic.twitter.com/PqV7tpMalN
- Diego Gard (@diepanda_13) June 24, 2017
Born #OnThisDay in 1978, Juan Román Riquelme. Made 30 Liga appearances for the club from 2002-05, scoring 3 goals. pic.twitter.com/U5wUiWEyom
- Barça OTD (@barcaotd) June 24, 2017
Happy Birthday to an Argentine legend, Juan Román Riquelme! :birthday::flag_ar:
Voted Argentine Player of the Year 4 times. pic.twitter.com/2nGmIckjyy
- Pulse Ghana Sports (@PulseSportsGh) June 24, 2017
Happy birthday to the football god from Argentina, one of the most underrated players evre, Juan Roman Riquelme! & a happy one to Messi
- Shadow Moon (@itsBMK) June 24, 2017
Guess who shares a birthday with Lionel Messi?
We wish :flag_ar:Juan Roman Riquelme, Feliz cumpleaños!:tada: pic.twitter.com/IQyKTGHxUF
- #ConfedCup (@FIFAcom) June 24, 2017
Feliz cumple to two of the greatest talents @Argentina gave to the world - Lionel Messi & Juan Román Riquelme, we salute you pic.twitter.com/pKghRTU0sn
- Peter Coates (@golazoargentino) June 24, 2017
Two football geniuses celebrate their birthday today.Lionel Messi & Juan Romàn Riquelme. pic.twitter.com/9nrbexSEgq
- Lotfi Wada (@LotfiWada) June 24, 2017
Happy Birthday to another Argentine legend, Juan Roman Riquelme ♡ pic.twitter.com/nWY35mzewd
- ZEZO CARTOONS (@ZEZO_CARTOONS) June 24, 2017
And so, why not celebrate the former Boca Juniors, Barcelona and Villarreal man's birthday but revisiting one of the greatest goals he scored in his glittering career?
Check out his memorable strike served up against Brazil twelve years ago:
Riquelme had an eye for a defence-splitting pass and a sumptuous goal, and that beauty against Brazil in a crucial FIFA World Cup qualifier back in 2005 is certainly one of his finest.
In Buenos Aires, Argentina ran out worthy winners against Brazil and Riquelme took centre stage with his performance - the absolute highlight of the game being his sublime goal to put his side 2-0 up and flying just 18 minutes in.
The No.8 started the whole move off when he pulled off an outrageous scorpion-like kick to keep possession of the ball before receiving the ball with his back to goal moments later. He turned a defender with one deft shimmy and then smashed one into the top corner with his left-foot.
Pure individual brilliance from a genius of a player.
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