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Mexico soccer legends: Who are the best players in the history of the Mexican national team?

The Mexican team will start their World Cup run against Poland with a very questionable team.

Hugo Sanchez (Mexico) celebrates scoring a goal during a first round match of the 1986 FIFA World Cup against Belgium. Mexico won 2-1. Sanchez is considered to be the greatest Mexican soccer player in history.  (Photo by Jean-Yves Ruszniewski/TempSport/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)
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The 26-man roster for the Mexican National Team’s 2022 World Cup appearance in Qatar was revealed on Monday, and it included the return of Chivas players to a World Cup. In addition to the lack of personnel from the U-23 squad. Monterrey is the base of Gerardo Martino’s Tri and the naturalized return to the Aztec team.

But now that we are at the cusp of another World Cup, we look back at those who become legends of the Mexican National Team through the years.

Mexico’s greatest ever players

  • Antonio Carbajal: He was the first player to play in five World Cups and gain international acclaim while having to defend the goal through one of the darkest periods in Mexican National Team history.
  • Hugo Sánchez: Although his performance with Mexico’s national team was not as impressive as it was for his club teams, he still established himself as one of Mexico’s most lethal goal scorers. His World Cup resume also includes appearances in 1978 (Argentina), 1986 (Mexico), and 1994 (USA).
  • Tomás Boy: El Tri’s talent man, he was the one who kept order and controlled the group’s actions. In Mexico ‘86, he started at number 10 for the Mexican national team.
  • Jorge Campos: He is by far the best Mexican goalkeeper in history, and this was primarily due to his spectacular performances with El Tri, which amazed the entire world.
  • Alberto García Aspe: He probably had the most powerful left foot in El Tri’s history. Beto’s strong personality made him the leader and sometimes captain of the National Team, with which he played in the World Cups in the United States 94, France 98, and Korea-Japan 2002.
  • Cuauhtémoc Blanco: For many the best player in el Tri’s history. A proper talented number 10. Many saw him physically and got deceived. A chunky player with a bit of hunched back, but don’t let that fool you, El CUA destroyed defenses in Europe and America.
  • Jared Borgetti: He was the top scorer for El Tri until a couple of years ago when Chicharito surpassed him. Played for 11 years, not only consecutive but enough to be called a true legend.
  • Rafael Márquez: He is the best Mexican defender in history. He had quality, personality, leadership, and class, characteristics that led him to be captain of the Mexican National Team during five World Cups (Korea-Japan 2002, Germany 2006, South Africa 2010, Brazil 2014, and Russia 2018).
  • Chicharito Hernández: The top scorer in the history of El Tri. He debuted in 2009; since then, he has become essential in all the tournaments. This year he will not be with the team due to personal issues with the coach.
  • Andrés Guardado: The team’s captain for Qatar and an institution for El Tri. At 33 years old, he is still one of the best players on the team and is in form with his team, Betis.

Maybe this year, the team will rich the sought out “fifth” game in the World Cup. Creating new legends, players like Raúl Jíménez or Erik Torres. The team will play Poland first, and a great deal of expectation surrounds the team.


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