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Oscar Ruggeri: ‘When I went from Boca to River they set fire to my house with my parents inside’

Former Boca Juniors and River Plate star Oscar Ruggeri has today revealed the terrifying extent of the attacks suffered by both he and his family, after the Argentine made the move from one side of South American football’s biggest rivalry to the other.

Crossing the Boca/River divide

Ruggeri, now 56, came up through the youth system up at Boca, eventually going on to play a key role for the club between 1980 and 1985.

However, despite his importance at the Bombonera, the central defender made the brave decision to switch his allegiances to Boca’s fierce SuperClasico rivals River Plate in the summer of 1985.

And while Ruggeri’s choice to make the move across Buenos Aires was, in the end, vindicated by an impressive trophy-haul, the 97-time capped Argentinian international has today revealed the frankly-ridiculous extent of the violence incurred by he and his family in the aftermath of his transfer to the Estadio Monumental.

‘Set fire to my house’

Ruggeri spoke to Marca ahead of the Copa Libertadores final second-leg between River and Boca this Sunday, a fixture which has of course been grabbing headlines the world over following the violent scenes on the streets of Buenos Aires ahead of its originally-scheduled kick-off date of the 24th of November.

The one-time Real Madrid defender revealed:

‘I played for both River rand Boca and I had a great time with both teams. But when I went from Boca to River they set fire to my house with my parents inside.’

‘When they burned my house, I went to see the head of the Barras Bravas of Boca because he controlled everything. And I told him it was the last thing I was going to put up with.’

‘Those guys ask you for things when you are a player and you are afraid because they threaten to do something to your family.’

Ruggeri also briefly weighed in on Sunday’s highly-anticipated Superclasico, revealing his opinion that, of his two former sides, Boca are a ‘more effective’ outfit:

‘This game will be interesting.’

‘River are maybe playing better, but Boca are more effective and can score out of nothing.’

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