Today is a very special date for River plate, since three years have passed since the obtaining of what to date is the most important title in its history: the Libertadores Cup in view of Boca Juniors. On December 9, 2018, those led by Marcelo Gallardo made history by beating ‘Xeneize’ 3-1 at the Santiago Bernabéu. That night there was a Colombian who was key: Juan Fernando Quintero.
The Colombian midfielder, who today plays for Shezhen FC of the Chinese Super League, was a weapon up his sleeve that the ‘Doll’ used just when his team needed to regain control of the game. After joining Leonardo Ponzio at minute 57, the ‘Millionaire’ improved and was able to take the game into extra time.
As a souvenir, ‘Juanfer’ used his social networks to commemorate one more anniversary of that night that definitely marked his career as a footballer, since he was not only the best player on the pitch in Madrid, but also scored the 2-1 partial with which River put the cast that at that time was directed by Guillermo Barros Schelotto on the ropes.
“Let’s enjoy three years now. No one is ever going to change this again. Blessed God that you let us live this beautiful moment. We are privileged“Wrote the ’10 ′ coffee grower through his Instagram account, accompanying his message with different photos of that duel.
After both the coffee grower, Boca found no other alternatives than to go with everything to attack, which left them at the mercy of a counterattack from Gallardo’s team. It is here that Quintero came into action once more, serving a spectacular assist to Gonzalo Martínez to sentence the final 3-1. The ‘Pity’ found the rival portico unguarded and only had to push the ball.
‘Juanfer’ and the possibility of returning to River Plate
Much has been said in recent weeks about the possible return of Juan Fernando Quintero to River Plate. Now, with the confirmation that Marcelo Gallardo will stay in the ‘Millionaire’ at least until the end of 2022, the repatriation of the Colombian is once again a crucial issue in the surroundings of the Monumental.
Given direct contact between the club and the player, negotiations with Shezhen FC will not be easy. However, the intentions of both parties could ease the process and make the dream of many fans come true who believe that the former Envigado still has much to give River.
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