One of Argentina's greatest footballers, Antonio Rattin, played his last game in Buenos Aires Yesterday (Friday).
GTV Team coming onto pitch
GTV & CU Rattin surrounded by reporters & well-wishers waving to crowd
CU Rattin congratulated
SCU Captain of opposing team making short speech
SV Girl presenting trophy to Rattin
GTV Players & newsmen surround Rattin
GV Kick off by International team (In all white)
GV Rattin PAN general play
SV Rattin PAN to play
SV Rattin tackled & passing
GV Crowd cheering
GV Rattin kicks ball into crowd & walks off field
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Background: One of Argentina's greatest footballers, Antonio Rattin, played his last game in Buenos Aires Yesterday (Friday). Forty-thousand fans turned up to watch Rattin's testimonial match, which marked the end of a 14-year career with Boca, one of Argentina's top club sides.
Rattin played 353 league and cup games for Boca, an Argentina record. He was capped 33 time for his country and was captain of Argentina when he was sent off the field in the 1966 World Cup quarter-final against England. The controversial decision touched off a storm of protest in Argentina and marred football relations between the two countries.
For Friday's testimonial, Boca juniors played a strong Latin-American side -- and held them to a 1-1 draw.
Now aged 33, Rattin will hang up his number five shirt -- the number he wore throughout his playing career -- and turn his talents to coaching youths playing for Boca teams in the minor divisions.
An astute businessman, with no financial worries, Rattin has told newsmen that he has intention of pursuing a professional coaching career.