Juan Roman Riquelme – El Torero

Following his announcement to retire from the world of football at the age of 36, Juan Rom├ín Riquelme will be remembered as one of the sport’s greats. Riquelme, nicknamed El Torero, had a knack for being incredibly fun to watch.

Highly skilled and with an incredible ability to score great goals, Riquelme made over 300 appearances for Boca Juniors from the age of 18 after featuring in their youth ranks. He also spent five years in Spain with Barcelona and before returning to Argentina and finishing out his career with Boca and Argentinos Juniors, the club where it all began for him.

Riquelme featured for Argentina from the U-20 level on and played a big part in the WC, where he was given the number 10 shirt. He played in and won his side’s first two group stage matches before sitting out the third. Argentina met the hosts, Germany, in the quarterfinal, ultimately going out on penalties but not before Riquelme’s assist put his team ahead.

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Nat Lofthouse – Bolton Wanderers 1958

The Bolton Wanderers legend.

Nat Lofthouse, the Lion of Vienna.

“It’s the fact that he was a one-club man. That’s the thing more than anything else. It happened a lot in our day as it were, of course. People like Tom Finney and myself, people like that. But you always associate Nat with Bolton. That’s the two words that go together and the thing about Nat was, as well, that you don’t need to put his surname there, do you? You just say Nat.

“He was probably one of the best centre forwards England ever had, very aggressive and combative with great speed.

“‘He was everything a centre forward should be and was a great one-club man.”

– former Bolton Wanderers manager, Jimmy Armfield

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Jay Jay Okocha – Club – Bolton Wanderers 2004/05

So good they named him twice.

The Bolton Wanderers legend first moved to the Reebok Stadium in 2002 after that summer’s World Cup. Okocha spent four years with the Trotters, captaining them to their first cup final in nearly a decade in 2004 and taking the team to Europe the following season for the first time in club’s history.

Okocha made his Nigeria debut ahead of the 1994 world Cup and was a member of the team that won the African Cup of Nations and played in the World Cup in the United States. In 1996, Okocha was a member of the Nigeria team that won Olympic gold in Atlanta before playing in the 1998 World Cup, where Nigeria won their group.

Okocha never won the African Footballer of the Year award, finishing runner-up in 1996. He won the BBC’s African Footballer of the Year award in 2003 and 2004. He also won the Nigerian Footballer of the Year award on seven occasions and the Bolton Wanderers player of the year award in 2005.

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Jay Jay Okocha – Country – Nigeria 1998

So good they named him twice.

The Bolton Wanderers legend first moved to the Reebok Stadium in 2002 after that summer’s World Cup. Okocha spent four years with the Trotters, captaining them to their first cup final in nearly a decade in 2004 and taking the team to Europe the following season for the first time in club’s history.

Okocha made his Nigeria debut ahead of the 1994 world Cup and was a member of the team that won the African Cup of Nations and played in the World Cup in the United States. In 1996, Okocha was a member of the Nigeria team that won Olympic gold in Atlanta before playing in the 1998 World Cup, where Nigeria won their group.

Okocha never won the African Footballer of the Year award, finishing runner-up in 1996. He won the BBC’s African Footballer of the Year award in 2003 and 2004. He also won the Nigerian Footballer of the Year award on seven occasions and the Bolton Wanderers player of the year award in 2005.

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