Apr
18
2008
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Oscar Ruiz

20 June 2007 was a historic day for both Colombian referee Oscar Ruiz and top Argentine club Boca Juniors. Ruizwasofficiating his ninth final in a South American competition – and his third Copa Libertadores final – thus breaking the record for South American referees. For their part, Boca Juniors won the Copa Libertadores – the confederation’s most prestigious event – for the sixth time. Having won the first leg in Buenos Aires 3-0, the Argentines then went on to beat rivals Gremio Porto Alegre 2-0 in the away leg. By far the most outstanding player in both matches was midfielder Juan Roman Riquelme, who scored three of the five goals. This latest triumph brings Boca Juniors’ grand total of international titles to 17, thereby outstripping AC Milan’s record (which includes seven victories in the UEFA Champions League/European Cup). The internationally famed clubs occupying third place in the list, with 15 international triumphs each, are Real Madrid (including nine UEFA Champions League/European Cup titles) and Independiente (including seven Copa Libertadores victories).