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Omar Trujillo, legend of Monarcas Morelia, dies

The soccer player was captain of the Michoacan team which won the only title in the club’s history.

Mauricio Torres
Mauricio Torres
The soccer player was captain of the Michoacan team which won the only title in the club’s history.

Once again, Mexican soccer is in mourning, because on Thursday night the former player Omar Trujillo who was a 2000 champion with Monarcas Morelia passed away. He lost his life at the age of 44 after suffering a severe heart attack in his native Michoacán.

Rumors of the footballer’s death began to circulate through social media, but it was former teammate and journalist Moisés Muñoz who confirmed the story.

“I have just been informed that my former teammate and great friend Omar Trujillo, captain of Monarcas Morelia and national team player, passed away today, sad news, rest in peace my dear ‘Teco’,” he wrote.

Defender Trujillo was born in 1977 in Michoacán and thanks to his talent he was able to reach the Mexican first division by 1998, when he made his debut with Monarcas Morelia. Since appearing at the highest national tier, he won a place in the first team and in the 2000 Invierno tournament he was a key player in the Purépecha team, becoming league champion on the pitch of the Estadio Nemesio Díez against Toluca.

He played a large part of his career with Monarcas and it was not until 2009 when he left the team, becoming a reinforcement for the Rojinegros del Atlas where he only played for one year before emigrating to the Sultana del Norte to wear the Tigers jersey. He also played with the cats for a year and then left for Toros de Celaya.

Trujillo was runner-up on two occasions in the Concacaf Champions Cup and also in the Apertura 2002. In 2005 he made his debut with the Mexican national team thanks to the fact that Argentine Ricardo Antonio La Volpe gave him a vote of confidence in a friendly game against Poland, which was played in the city of Chicago.