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Top Five Mexican Footballers

August 19, 2011

No, not that time again already? By no means an authoritative list, but this is all you’re getting:

1. Hugo Sanchez

A legend of Mexican football, Sanchez played in three world cups and won five consecutive La Liga titles and four consecutive Pichichi (Spanish top scorer) trophies with Real Madrid in the late 1980s. Widely considered the greatest Mexican player of all time. Here’s his top ten goals:

2. Rafael Marquez

Now plying his trade alongside former Barça teammate Thierry Henry at New York Red Bulls, this veteran defender was the first Mexican to win the Champions League with Barcelona in 2006. At the age of 32 Rafa is still a regular in the Mexican national team. View a selection of his highlights here:

3. Cuauhtemoc Blanco

Top scorer of all time for both the Mexican national team and Mexico City’s Club America, Cuauhtemoc may have an awesome Aztec name, but nowadays he’s just as often referred to as “el gordito” (little fatty), having consumed a few too many tacos. Cuauhtemoc is perhaps best known for his spectacular flying volley against Belgium during the France 98 World Cup. To see it watch this video until you get to goal numero uno:

4. Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez

The former Guadalajara Chivas striker adapted remarkably quickly to English football at Manchester United last season, to the point where the Premier League’s top scorer Dimitar Berbatov could no longer get a game. Practically unknown 18 months ago, this little pea has enjoyed a meteoric rise to the highest echelons of world football, scoring 20 goals in his debut season at United and also netting against the likes of France, Spain and Argentina at international level. Here, have some highlights:

5. Giovani Dos Santos

A slightly biased inclusion, seeing as Gio played (albeit very rarely and not particularly well) for Spurs. But the former Barcelona forward always seems to perform well for the national side and is worthy of inclusion if just for this golazo in the Gold Cup final against arch rivals USA:

Done and dusted.

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