Argentine cult hero, Juan Roman Riquelme, has scored his first goal for Boca Juniors after his eight month sabbatical from football.
Very few footballers can simply choose to take a break from the game, only to pick up where they left off nearly a year later.
But Riquelme is one of those naturally gifted footballers for whom it seems destroying defences comes as easily as the blink of an eye.
And so Boca were happy to welcome their legendary number 10 back, once he had had his fill of putting his feet up.
Riquelme scored from the penalty spot as Boca beat Uruguay’s Nacional 1-0 in the Copa Libertadores last night, despite playing with 10 men for nearly 70 minutes.
Nacional wasted the chance to go ahead from the penalty spot, after Boca’s Claudio Perez was sent off for a professional foul in the box on Juan Albin.
Ivan Alonso smashed his spot kick over the bar, and Boca and Riquelme made him pay for his profligacy.
Minutes before the half-time break, Boca striker Juan Manuel Martinez was felled in the box, and Riquelme made no mistake in despatching the resulting penalty into the back of the net.
The notoriously sour 34-year-old was all smiles for a change, as he became Boca’s all-time Libertadores top-scorer with 24 goals in the competition.
The result helped Boca move into second place in Group One, a point behind Nacional as they chase South American club glory.