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Ricardo Bochini

Personal information
Full nameRicardo Enrique Bochini
Height1.68 m
Playing positionPlaymaker

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Ricardo Enrique Bochini (born January 25, 1954 in Zárate, Buenos Aires) is an Argentine former professional football player. He is nicknamed El Bocha. Bochini was a childhood idol of Diego Maradona.

Bochini, an attacking midfielder, is one of the most emblematic players in the history of club Independiente. A one club man, in his twenty years of professional football from 1972 to 1991, Bochini played only for Independiente, and was a member of the club during its most successful era, winning eight international titles, four Argentine championships, and the 1986 World Cup playing in the semifinals match against Belgium.

Although he was not a prolific goalscorer, he was one of the best playmakers of the 1980s, often making assists for teammates to score. Even after he retired, the expression pase bochinesco ("bochinesque pass") is used to refer to a precise pass made to a forward to leave him one on one against the goalie, bypassing the opponent's defenders.

He played a total of 740 league matches, scoring 107 goals. He is the all-time record holder for the most matches played for a single club in the Argentine top division.

Fifth division Barracas Bolívar decided to include him to play a few minutes in an official match to be played on February 27 of 2007, 16 years after his retirement, as a recognition to his career.

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