They don't have too many players playing outside the Mexican league (or the United States), but there is a superstar. They always seem to have a superstar, who plays for big European clubs, gets plenty of media coverage, collects some titles, and is considered a hero when coming home and leading the Mexican national team.
The current superstar is Javier Hernandez, commonly known as "Chicharito", who plays for the Premier League's West Ham United and is the national team's top goal scorer with 48 goals in 97 caps. But just a second, let's go back a little bit.
It seems that it all started with Hugo Sanchez. The striker made his living in the box, scored incredible goals and when you watched him play, there was always the thought of what will he do next. After starting his career in the Mexican league, Sanchez moved to San Diego and then he arrived in Spain, where our story begins. In four inspiring seasons for Atletico Madrid, Sanchez scored an incredible 152 goals, winning the Spanish Copa Del Rey and the Spanish Super Copa in the process. From there he did almost the unthinkable and moved to cross town rivals, power house Real Madrid, where he scored 283 goals in seven seasons, winning five consecutive La Liga titles between 1985-89, A Copa Del Rey and a UEFA Cup. He also became the only player in La Liga history to win four consecutive Pichichi titles for top goal scorer, as well as the European Golden Boot. Oh, and he scored 29 goals for the national team.
Now we can move on to Chicharito. In 2010, he moved from Mexican side Guadalajara to Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United, where he played for five years, scored 37 goals. After a year on loan at Real Madrid, he Joined Bayer Leverkusen, where he played for two seasons, before returning to England to join West Ham.
And when talking about legends of the game, goalkeeper Jorge Campos, who played 13 years for the national team, started his career originally as a striker. The man in charge of stopping other teams' strikers is Rafa Marquez, formally of Monaco and Barcelona, the national team's captain, who registered 139 international caps.
As a team, Mexico is the only side from the CONCACAF region (North and Central America) that succeeded to qualify to the world cup tournaments five times straight. Mexican fans, as usual, will fill the stadiums in which their teams play, with noise, cheers, colors and smiling faces. Win, lose or draw, the Mexican national team's games are always a lot of fun.
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