Ultimate Boca Juniors dream team - Maradona & Riquelme side by side

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Boca Juniors dream team
The Argentine giants have boasted some of the nation's finest players over the years - but who makes the cut in their best-ever XI?

When you say Boca Juniors, you say Diego Armando Maradona.

But the Argentina legend is by no means the only high-profile name to have represented the Buenos Aires giants.

Boca are one of the most successful teams around in the South American game and they have always been an appealing destination for some of the region's greatest talents.

Of course, Maradona will always top that list, but how about Carlos Tevez? Or Roman Riquelme? Or Claudio Caniggia?

The list just goes on and on.

So putting together an ultimate Boca Juniors dream team is by no means a simple feat.

We have nonetheless given it a shot, though, and have opted for the following XI!

  1. GK: Antonio Roma

    Perhaps the most idolised number one in Boca history, Roma joined the Xeneixes from Ferro in 1960 and along with such legendary figures as Antonio Rattin and Silvio Marzolini was a fixture in one of the greatest sides ever to wear the blue and gold shirt in the 1960s.

    Roma won five titles with Boca through the decade, and also represented a Boca dominated Argentina in the 1962 and 1966 World Cups.

  2. RB: Hugo Ibarra

    RB: Hugo Ibarra

    ‘El Negro’ is a true icon in the Bombonera, in which he played three separate spells between time in Europe with the likes of Porto, Monaco and Espanyol, and racked up over 200 games.

    In his time at Boca Ibarra helped them to win every single major trophy possible, at domestic, continental and international level before finally retiring earlier in 2010 with a total of 15 championships earned in the Xeneixe colours.

    After retirement he joined the club's backroom staff and is currently their interim coach following the dismissal of Sebastian Battaglia, extending an association which now spans the best part of three decades.

  3. CB: Walter Samuel

    Samuel's time at Boca was short but sweet, earning wide plaudits for his uncompromising play in the centre of defence and playing a major part in the all-conquering Xeneixe team of the turn of the century.

    In just three years Samuel appeared in over 100 games, and lifted two domestic championships and a Copa Libertadores as Carlos Bianchi’s men proved to be almost unbeatable - and he followed that up by becoming one of the select few players to win both Libertadores and Champions League honours when his Inter team won out in 2010.

  4. CB: Roberto Mouzo

    CB: Roberto Mouzo

    Mouzo holds the record for most appearances for Boca, playing a total of 426 games in a 13-year career as the club's defensive linchpin.

    The highlight of Mouzo’s long career was lifting the club’s first ever Copa Libertadores in 1977, followed by the club being crowned world champions in the same year beating Borussia Monchengladbach.

  5. LB: Silvio Marzolini

    Marzolini joined the club from Ferro at the age of just 20 in the same deal that took Roma to the Bombonera, one of the greatest transfers ever made by the Xeneize which clinched two players destined for legend status.

    The full-back would spend the rest of his career at the club, wowing domestic and international crowds alike with his talents down the left flank. Contemporary of the legendary Antonio Rattin, the player lifted five leagues in Boca and is considered one of the best left backs of all time.

  6. CM: Antonio Rattin

    CM: Antonio Rattin

    An infamous name for English football fans after the controversial 1966 World Cup quarter-final match, Rattin was also a towering midfield presence and a talisman for Boca in the glory years of the 1960s.

    The veteran of over 350 games led Boca to four national championships in the decade and also represented Argentina 34 times, captaining the nation during their trip to that infamous quarter-final in England.

  7. CM: Ruben Sune

    CM: Ruben Sune

    In two trophy-filled spells with Boca Juniors, Sone managed to bridge the gap between a pair of memorable Xeneixe generations: that of Rattin and Marzolini in the 1960s and the team of the late 1970s and early 80s which brought home back to back Copa Libertadores trophies - the first of which being Boca’s first continental success.

    He is best remembered however for scoring the winning goal against River Plate in the final of the 1976 Nacional Championship, which turned him into a true Bombonera icon.

  8. CM: Juan Roman Riquelme
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    CM: Juan Roman Riquelme

    Only in Boca, and only for this remarkable playmaker, could Diego Maradona be relegated to second fiddle. In the Bombonera, however it is Riquelme who rules the roost over the best player ever to step on a football pitch.

    Blessed with incredible control and vision and a right foot that seems trained to find a teammate no matter how unlikely the pass, Riquelme was voted the greatest player of Boca’s history in a recent poll and now occupies the vice-presidency at the club.

  9. FWD: Diego Maradona

    FWD: Diego Maradona

    Maradona's time at the club may have been limited but it electrified fans who packed the Bombonera to see him, and it was at Boca where he picked up his first club honour.

    The 1981 Nacional championship would prove to be one of many honours the controversial number 10 won in a sparkling career.

    Maradona finished his career at his boyhood idols, and the tearful 1997 farewell to his fans and his “La pelota no se mancha” speech will go down in club folklore forever.

  10. FWD: Carlos Tevez

    FWD: Carlos Tevez

    The most recent Boca star in this list, and one who richly deserves his place.

    Tevez played 279 games for the Xeneize over three spells, an impressive total given that the vast majority of his career took place overseas, while with 94 goals he occupies 10th place in their all-time scorers list.

    No less laudable is the trophy haul Carlitos managed while in the blue and gold, in line with his incredible career: 11 major titles, including five league wins, a Copa Libertadores and Intercontinental Cup triumph achieved at the expense of the great Milan team of the early 2000s, featuring Andrea Pirlo, Kaka, Paolo Maldini and other legendary figures.

  11. CF: Martin Palermo

    CF: Martin Palermo

    There are more elegant centre-forwards, more consistent players and a lot more talented players who have worn the Boca strip; but not one typifies the sacrifice and loyalty that leads one to become a true club legend.

    The club’s highest ever scorer, Palermo finally hung up his boots in 2011 after 10 years, more than 400 games and 200 goals - as a parting gift the striker took away the Bombonera goalposts after his final game.