Riquelme returns to Boca Juniors as vice president

Former Argentina international midfielder Juan Roman Riquelme is set to return to his former club Boca Juniors as vice president under newly elected leader Jorge Ameal.

Ameal secured 52.8% of support from Boca’s 84,000 members in elections on Sunday, beating off a rival bid from the Diego Maradona-backed candidate Christian Gribaudo, who garnered 30.6% of the vote. Former striker Gabriel Batistuta was third with 16.1%.

“It was a big party. Our fans voted for the love of the club colours, I’m satisfied,” Riquelme told reporters on Monday.

It will be Ameal’s second spell as Boca president, having also held the position from 2008 to 2011.

Among the new administration’s first tasks will be to appoint a new head coach to replace Gustavo Alfaro, who stepped down after the club’s 1-0 defeat to Rosario Central in the Argentinian Superliga on Sunday.

Riquelme is considered one of Boca’s best ever players, having led the Buenos Aires side to five league titles over two spells and three Copa Libertadores trophies: in 2000, 2001 and 2007.

The attacking midfielder, who also represented Barcelona, Villarreal and Argentinos Juniors, made 51 appearances for Argentina, scoring 17 goals.

Boca are currently second in the Superliga standings with eight wins, five draws and three losses.