ESPN introduces you to the only Mexicans who managed to play the most important game on the planet soccer at the club level
The UEFA Champions League final is one of the most important matches in the world at club level and some Mexican elements had the privilege of playing it and even winning it. Although there have been few who lived the fight for the ‘Orejona’, they were installed in history for the simple fact of being present.
In the match for the title, only two Mexicans had the opportunity to play it, Rafael Marquez and Javier ‘Chicharito” Hernández, another case was that of Jonathan dos Santos, who was champion of the contest, but was not called up to play that last game.
In the case of the ‘Kaiser‘, was part of the Barcelona squad that won the sextet under the command of Joseph Guardiola in 2006 and was the duo of Carles Puyol in the central culé to prevail 2-1 to Arsenal thanks to the goals of Samuel Eto’o and the brazilian Belletti.
Then, three years later, he was also champion of the legendary tournament, although he was not called up due to injury; however, he was part of the entire process that the Spanish club crowned against Man Utd. On that occasion they were Samuel Eto’o Y Leo Messi the scorers.
For 2011, Jonathan dos Santos was champion of the Champions with the Barcelona. best of brothers Two saints He was then playing with the Catalans and his career was beginning to take off, although he was barely taken into account.
However, he was part of the first team and although he did not play that year during the final against Man Utdwas considered part of the winning team and has the iconic trophy in his record.
Likewise, Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernández did play in that final, since the Mexican striker was part of that Man Utd and was the undisputed headline, since it was the reference to the attack and the main partner of Wayne Rooney.
Hernandez was a starter, but could not help his team that lost 3-1 to the Catalans thanks to goals from Pedro, Lionel Messi and David Villa.
Of these three Mexicans, only two have played a final. Meanwhile, many others stayed in the group stage or stages prior to the big game, such was the case of Hugo Sanchezwho was never able to access said game during his time in Europe.
The ‘Pentapichichi’ was left out in three semi-finals with Real Madrid, first in 1986 by Bayern Munich, in 1987 by the PSV Eindhoven and in 1988 by the AC Milan.