Top 10 Best Mexican Players in History

Best Mexican Players in History

Best Mexican Players in History: Mexico is one of the countries in North America that enjoy soccer the most and lives it with great intensity. Not in vain, this Latin American country has been the cradle of great players who have given everything not only at the national level but also on the great European and South American stages. Therefore, today we have prepared an article dedicated to celebrating the careers of 10 Mexicans who have left their mark on world football.

In this way, you will be able to learn a little more about the players who put Mexico on the radar and allowed it to be, today, a soccer power in their confederation. Unfortunately, the soccer experiences of Mexico have not been so good worldwide, since for many years “El Tri” has suffered the so-called curse of the fifth game. Since, since they hosted the World Cups (1970, 1986) they have not managed to advance to the quarterfinals.

Despite this, the Mexican team has managed to stand out strongly in the highest CONCACAF national team tournament, the Gold Cup. Being the highest historical winner of the competition with 11 titles.

Best Mexican Players in History:

Therefore, we wanted to make a text in which we will highlight 10 players who contributed their grain of sand to make Mexico the power it is today. In addition, within this ranking, you will not only find footballers who changed the history of Mexico, but also some who changed the history of great European clubs.

Of course, the debate on these topics is always open and you can leave your opinion on it in the comment box: who have we left out? Who is for you the best in history? We look forward to your reactions and opinions to discuss this exciting football topic with respect!

10. Carlos Hermosillo:

  • Full Name: Carlos Manuel Hermosillo Goytortúa
  • Date of Birth: 24 August 1964
  • Place of Birth: Cerro Azul, Veracruz, Mexico
  • Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
  • Position(s): Striker

Our top opens for number ten with striker Carlos Hermosillo. Born on August 24, 1964, in Veracruz, Hermosillo is one of the most outstanding players in the entire history of Mexican soccer. Thanks to the many years he played in the Mexican first division, he is the second top scorer in it.

When we focus on his time with the Mexican national team, we find a facet of Carlos Hermosillo that is also very well remembered. Since, it is in fifth place on the list of the top scorers of the Mexican team. This with a total of 34 goals in 90 games.

National Team Record:

YearsMatchesGoals
1984–1997 Mexico 9035

National Team Honours:

HonoursYears
Mexican Primera División: Invierno 1998

9. Claudio Suarez:

  • Full Name: Claudio Suárez Sánchez
  • Date of Birth: 17 December 1968
  • Place of Birth: Texcoco, Mexico
  • Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
  • Position(s): Defender

All positions on the field of play are important and that is why in our ninth place we include Claudio Suárez, a former Mexican player who worked as a central defender. His debut took place in 1989 with the UNAM Pumas and he retired in 2010 when he played with Chivas USA.

His great sports performance with the Mexican national team is what makes us include him on this list. This is because he is the player who has played the most times for the Mexican national team. This is how he achieves a total of 177 games played. Among which, in 1999, he had the pleasure of lifting the Confederations Cup with his beloved team.

National Team Record:

YearsMatchesGoals
1992–2006 Mexico 1777

National Team Honours:

HonoursYears
FIFA Confederations Cup1999
CONCACAF Gold Cup1993, 1996, 1998

8. Luis Hernandez:

  • Full Name: Luis Arturo Hernández Carreón
  • Date of Birth: December 22, 1968
  • Place of Birth: Poza Rica, Veracruz, Mexico
  • Height: 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
  • Position(s): Striker

Luis Hernández’s soccer career makes him rank eight on our list of Mexican players. Born in 1968 in Veracruz, no one expected him to play such an important role in Mexican sports history. Well, he was the top scorer for the Mexican team in World Cup matches, although he never won it.

Known by the nickname El Matador, he only played professionally for teams in Mexico, Argentina and the United States. Although he never left his continent, he is fondly remembered within the country. Not for nothing is he fourth among the top scorers of the selection with a total of 35 goals in 85 games.

National Team Record:

YearsMatchesGoals
1995–2002 Mexico8535

National Team Honours:

HonoursYears
FIFA Confederation Cup1999
CONCACAF Gold Cup 1996, 1998

7. Jared Borgetti:

  • Full Name: Jared Francisco Borgetti Echavarría
  • Date of Birth: 14 August 1973
  • Place of Birth: Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico
  • Height: 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
  • Position(s): Striker

In seventh place on this list we find Jared Borgetti, a player born in Sinaloa in 1973 and whose sporting debut was in 1994. Since then, until his retirement in 2010, he proved to be one of the best strikers that they have never been seen within the Mexican team. In addition to that, internationally, he continued to make his country very proud.

Thus, due to his time in Liga MX, where he played the most, he collected a total of 475 games in which he scored 252 goals. That is why, at the time, he remained in ninth place on the list of top scorers in Mexican history. Although, in terms of selection level as such, it is in the second place of the most scoring players.

National Team Record:

YearsMatchesGoals
1997–2008 Mexico 8946

6. Jorge Campos:

  • Full Name: Jorge Campos Navarrete
  • Date of Birth: 15 October 1966
  • Place of Birth: Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico
  • Height: 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
  • Position(s): Goalkeeper

Jorge Campos was a goalkeeper-forward who played in the 90’s and is one of the greatest figures in Aztec sports. This goalkeeper was known as the legend of the goal thanks to his great work within the goal. He certainly cannot go unnoticed after being considered the highest-scoring Mexican goalkeeper in the entire history of the country.

His sporting debut was at the National University club where he began to play as a forward since the goalkeeper position was already occupied. That is why he obtained the title of the country’s highest-scoring goalkeeper since in his first debut season he managed to score 14 goals. However, as soon as he had the opportunity to set himself as a goalkeeper he showed that he was born for it.

National Team Record:

YearsMatchesGoals
1991–2004 Mexico 1300

National Team Honours:

HonoursYears
FIFA Confederations Cup1999
CONCACAF Gold Cup1993, 1996

5. Andres Guardado:

  • Full Name: José Andrés Guardado Hernández
  • Date of Birth: 28 September 1986
  • Place of Birth: Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Height: 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
  • Position(s): Midfielder / Winger / Left-back

Andrés Guarded is a Mexican midfielder born in Guadalajara on September 28, 1968. This player, like the third place in our ranking, is one of the soccer players in this ranking who is still active. He currently plays for Real Betis Balompié and is one of the players who is likely to break the record for appearances in the national team.

At the international team level, Guarded is the second player with the most games in the history of El Tri, with 162 games. Therefore, in addition to having won three Gold Cups, Guarded aims to be a legendary player for the Mexican national team. He has scored 28 goals with the national team, making him the eighth player with the most goals in the history of El Tri.

National Team Record:

YearsMatchesGoals
2005– Mexico 17028

National Team Honours:

HonoursYears
CONCACAF Gold Cup2011, 2015, 2019
CONCACAF Cup2015

4. Cuauhtemoc Blanco:

  • Full Name: Cuauhtémoc Blanco Bravo
  • Born:17 January 1973, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
  • Spouse(s): Marisela Santoyo
  • Position(s): Forward Attacking midfielder

In the fourth place in our ranking we can find Cuauhtémoc Blanco. This forward born in Mexico City on January 17, 1973 is a true soccer legend in the Latin American country. At the national level, he is a maximum reference for Club América and is one of the highest historical scorers of that institution (second with 153 goals).

At the national team level, Cuauhtémoc Blanco stood out mainly for his good punch and innate talent, representing the Mexican team 119 times, thus being the eighth player with the most games in the history of the national team. Similarly, with his 38 goals, he is the third highest historical scorer for the Mexican team. In addition, Cuauhtémoc Blanco was a participant in three titles with his team, achieving two Gold Cup championships and winning a FIFA Confederations Cup.

National Team Record:

YearsMatchesGoals
1995–2014 Mexico12039

National Team Honours:

HonoursYears
King Fahd Cup third-place1995
FIFA Confederations Cup1999
CONCACAF Gold Cup1996, 1998

3. Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez:

  • Full Name: Javier Hernández Balcázar
  • Date of Birth: 1 June 1988
  • Place of Birth: Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Height: 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
  • Position(s): Striker

Javier “el Chicharito” Hernández is a player that every current soccer fan will know very well. This Mexican forward stood out mainly for a millionaire transfer from Chivas to Manchester United. At the English club, Chicharito was part of Ferguson’s team that managed to dominate the championship for several seasons and even played a UEFA Champions League final with the Mancunian team.

However, his last seasons in the Red Devil team were forgotten, playing only 5 games in two seasons. However, his past glories led to a rise in Real Madrid’s interest in the Mexican forward. At the white house he played 33 games in which he scored 9 goals and gave 9 assists, but finally, the merengue team chose not to extend his loan and was sold to Bayer Leverkusen.

After several setbacks in Europe, and a great continental success such as the Europa League with Sevilla, Chícharo chose to play in MLS and stand out in the United States, where he is currently a Los Angeles Galaxy player.

At the national team level, Chicharito has played 109 games (being in December 2020) and could continue to increase that number since he is still active. He is currently the tenth player with the most games in the history of the national team and the all-time top scorer for El Tri with his 52 goals. In turn, Javier Hernández has won two titles with his team, among which we can highlight a Gold Cup and a Concacaf Cup.

National Team Record:

YearsMatchesGoals
2009– Mexico 10952

National Team Honours:

HonoursYears
CONCACAF Gold Cup2011
CONCACAF Cup2015

2. Rafael Marquez:

  • Full Name: Rafael Márquez Álvarez
  • Date of Birth: 13 February 1979
  • Place of Birth: Zamora, Michoacán, Mexico
  • Height: 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
  • Position(s): Center-back / Defensive midfielder

Rafa Márquez is the player who takes the silver medal in our ranking thanks to his outstanding career at the national and international level. This central defender born in Michoacán on February 13, 1979 played for clubs such as Atlas, FC Barcelona, Monaco, Verona, and León where he left his mark and is well remembered today for his sacrifice and good play.

On the other hand, he is well remembered in the Catalan club for his excellent performances where he won four leagues, three Spanish Super Cups, one King’s Cup, two UEFA Champions League, one European Super Cup and one club World Cup. During his years as culé he was considered one of the best defenders of the moment and according to his teammates, he was one of the best in history.

At the national team level, Rafa Márquez played 148 games with El Tri, currently being the third player with the most appearances in the history of the Mexican national team. In turn, this central defender is the only player who has played 5 World Cups in his entire history.

In turn, it has won 4 official competitions are the Mexican team, among which we can find 2 Gold Cup, 1 Concacaf Cup and a Confederations Cup.

National Team Record:

YearsMatchesGoals
1997–2018 Mexico 14717

National Team Honours:

HonoursYears
FIFA Confederations Cup1999
CONCACAF Gold Cup2003, 2011
CONCACAF Cup2015

1. Hugo Sanchez:

  • Full Name: Hugo Sánchez Márquez
  • Date of Birth: 11 July 1958
  • Place of Birth: Mexico City, Mexico
  • Height: 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
  • Position(s): Forward

The player who takes the gold medal in our ranking is also the undoubted best player in the history of Mexico. Hugo Sánchez Márquez is a former soccer player born on July 11, 1958 in Mexico City who, from a very young age, began to show that he had a unique talent to handle the ball and do wonders with it.

For this reason, from the first moment he was put to the test, he began to stand out both at the club and youth team level. Therefore, in addition to making his debut with the Youth Tri and standing out in a tournament in France, he made his debut at a very young age with Pumas, a club in which he would play from 1976 to 1981. In this period, Sánchez managed to win two of the seven national titles that Pumas has in its showcases.

After his good performance in Mexico, he was signed by Atlético de Madrid, a modest club from the capital that sought the services of a striker. For this reason, with great success, Sánchez was signed and he responded with 82 goals in 152 games in four seasons (from 1981 to 1985) and was key in the 1985 Copa del Rey in which they came out champions.

However, their good figures aroused the interest of the powerful neighbour of the mattress club Real Madrid CF. For this reason, Sánchez would take the step that would guide his immortality and his legacy in the annals of football history. In the merengue club, he quickly became a figure and an attacking reference.

In his 7 seasons at Real Madrid, Hugo Sánchez scored 208 goals and was instrumental in winning 10 titles with the white house. Among them, 5 Leagues, 3 Super Cups, 1 Copa del Rey and a UEFA Cup stand out. He is considered one of the best players in the history of Real Madrid.

In addition, with these scoring figures he entered the select top 10 of Real Madrid’s top scorers and managed to win five Pichichis tournaments, being the third player with the most pichichis in history in a triple tie with Di Stefano Y Quini.

At the national team level, Hugo Sánchez managed to score 29 goals in 57 appearances, currently being the eighth top scorer in the history of Tri.

For all this, it is undeniable that the legacy that Sánchez left at Real Madrid and at the national level is probably the greatest made by a Mexican footballer in all history. That is why, for us, Hugo Sánchez is the best player in the history of Mexico and probably one of the best in the history of the entire continent.

National Team Record:

YearsMatchesGoals
1977–1998 Mexico 5829

National Team Honours:

HonoursYears
Pan American Games1975
CONCACAF Gold Cup1977

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