The pearls of Roncaglia’s presentation as Boca’s new reinforcement: the blooper that triggered laughter and his friendship with Riquelme

The blooper in the presentation of Facundo Roncaglia on his return to Boca Juniors. They asked him if he had spoken with Battaglia, former first team coach and replaced by Ibarra

facundo roncaglia was presented as reinforcement of Boca Juniorsclub to which he returned after a decade, and the defender was enthusiastic about this new stage. A press conference was held at La Bombonera which was led by the club’s president, Jorge Love Ameal and one of the members of the Football Council, Mauricio Serna. Before the obligatory photos, the side returnee provided his concepts.

“There were always rumors that he could come back, but there was never anything formal. This is the first time and I didn’t hesitate for a second. The truth is that I really wanted to, and now a new stage begins with more experience, wanting to show that I’m up to the task of this club. I always wanted to go back, that’s the truth”, said Roncaglia.

Then there was a funny situation in which one of the journalists present made a mistake and when he wanted to ask him how long he would be able to be available to the coach, he mentioned Sebastián Battaglia and not Hugo Ibarrathat replaced him in office, which generated laughter and before which Ameal limited “a slip”.

Welcome from Boca Juniors to Roncaglia (@BocaJuniors)

Then he did answer about Ibarra, whom he praised and took as a reference: “Hugo at the time was ‘the’ right-back, the player you tried to imitate, to win a little bit of everything he won at the time, to have a career similar or better. And he added that “With Hugo we haven’t talked about what position to play. Just how she was physically. As the days go by he will be evaluating. And from then on he will decide in what position”.

The 35-year-old footballer was released from Aris Limassol in Cyprus and signed a contract until December 2023. On how his return was managed, he said that “I spoke with Román (Riquelme) last week and it was all very fast, there was not much to discuss , my desire and theirs. Physically I was training alone, which is not the same as training in a group, but I’m very excited and I’m looking forward to it”.

“I always had in mind to return, but there was never something concrete. I was outside and my phone exploded these days, with messages from former teammates, all very happy for this return. Boca is difficult to explain with words. Outsiders dream of watching a match at La Bombonera, in love with how the people are, how they support it, “he assured.

Roncaglia described how his current relationship with Riquelme is

“I hope to continue being the same player, but with more experience. I think I’ve learned a lot outside, I’ve played as a winger, as a centre-back, last year in both positions, I’m not going to have any problems adapting. I’m still the same, I didn’t change, ”he explained.

Facundo left in 2012 after the first Copa Libertadores final against Corinthians played at La Bombonera, in which he scored a goal in a 1-1 draw and Boca Juniors lost 2-0 in the second leg. “I left with anger because of the situation in which I left at that time, they didn’t allow me to play in the second final, but it’s a thing of the past,” said the footballer. “Facundo had to leave not of his own free will, we were talking about it, but it belongs to the past. He now returns home and surely in the short term he will be demonstrating. This is an act of vindication towards him, because so many things were said that are not true… But we have to talk about the future, that he start training. We are very happy to have you here”, said Ameal.

While Roncaglia confessed that “I dream of winning a Libertadores, like all the fans. I’m grateful and I want to show people that I’m still here.” Roncaglia made his debut in October 2007 in the Primera de Boca Juniors, which a few months earlier achieved its sixth star in the main continental club tournament.

Regarding Riquelme, he indicated that “he is the same person as always, Juan always had a very good treatment with me, I have the same treatment, I think that as a leader he is doing things very well and strives every day to improve in his field. And I try to improve mine too”.

RONCAGLIA ROUND PHOTOS

Mauricio Serna, Facundo Roncaglia and Jorge Ameal (Telam)
Mauricio Serna, Facundo Roncaglia and Jorge Ameal (Telam)
Roncaglia with the blue and gold jacket (Télam)
Roncaglia with the blue and gold jacket (Télam)
Facundo in the xeneize locker room (Boca Juniors Official)
Facundo in the xeneize locker room (Boca Juniors Official)
The defender stepped on the La Bombonera field again (Boca Juniors Official)
The defender stepped on the La Bombonera field again (Boca Juniors Official)
Roncaglia returned to the club after ten years (Boca Juniors Official)
Roncaglia returned to the club after ten years (Boca Juniors Official)

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