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Roma midfielder Leandro Paredes flattered by Riquelme praise

Roma midfielder Leandro Paredes is flattered by praise from Juan Roman Riquelme.

Riquelme has declared Paredes his heir.

“I actually started out as a trequartista and continued to play in that role until I turned 19," he told ASRoma.com.

“My idol growing up was my father, Victor Daniel, as he passed on the passion for football. He was a professional with Racing Club until the age of 17, but quit because my mother got pregnant and he had to find work.

“In football terms, Riquelme was my inspiration. He was the player I watched and learned from the most, both as a fan and then as a teammate.

“He was fundamental for my growth and at the time was constantly giving me advice. We still talk today, as he writes to me when he watches me play.

“Before retiring, he declared to everyone that I would be his football heir. It was an immense honour."


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