Once again, the intelligence and style of Juan Riquelme has swung the vote of FIFA Technical Study Group Member Francisco Maturana. The Colombian gave the Argentine midfield maestro his second Anheuser Busch Man of the Match award after his side's 2-2 draw with the hosts in their Group A clash in Nuremberg at the FIFA Confederations Cup Germany 2005.
"Not singling out Roman when he is the in the kind of form he's in right now would do a true injustice to football. Moreover, I wouldn't be in the least surprised if either this year or next he was selected as the World Player of the Year.
"Quite simply, I have to marvel at how well he controls the tempo of a game. He knows when to pass, when to inject pace and when to put his foot on the ball either to draw a foul or give his team-mates time to get into position. In addition, his precision from free-kicks as he aptly demonstrated with Argentina's first goal and passes make him lethal in the last third of the field, where he's capable of threading balls into the unlikeliest of places. If I had to name one player today who alone is worth the entrance fee to see, it would have to be Roman. No question. He's guaranteed entertainment."