At 37 years old, Guillermo Ochoa returns to soccer on the Old Continent, being one of the longest-serving Mexican players to emigrate
MEXICO — At 37, the goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa He heads the legion of Mexican soccer players who found a place in European clubs at a long-standing age.
Finally, Guillermo Ochoa did not settle with him America and he will cross the ‘pond’ again to enroll with him Salernitana from Serie A of Italyafter his previous experiences in European football.
That is how ochoa He once again demonstrates that age is not at odds with emigrating, since before his case, there were other veteran Mexican players who signed for European teams.
(31 years old, Rayo Vallecano of Spain)
At the age of 31, ‘Wendy’ Mendizábal left the Tecos of the UAG for Rayo Vallecano of Spain, in 1985.
The Vallecas team had returned from the Second Division B and with Mendizábal in their ranks, they finished in sixteenth place in the standings, with which they were barely enough to maintain the category, by a difference of two points over Albacete.
(30 years old, Stuttgart of Germany)
After winning two league titles with América, Pável Pardo emigrated to Stuttgart in 2006, after participating in that year’s World Cup and is the first Mexican to score a goal in the Bundesliga.
This happened in a match against Werder Bremen, on September 16, 2006, and Pardo would return to América for the Clausura 2009.
(32 years old, Bolton Wanderers of England)
Santos Laguna’s all-time top scorer with 205 goals, and second in the Mexican National Team with 46, was signed in the summer of 2005 by Bolton Wanderers FC, for $1.7 million.
In this way, he became the first Mexican soccer player to play in the Premier League, where he stayed between 2005 and 2006, scoring seven goals.
(35 years old, Hellas Verona from Italy)
After successful seasons with Monaco in France and with Barcelona in Spain, Rafael Márquez decided to try his luck in Europe again. This time with Hellas Verona from Serie A in Italy, where he arrived in 2014, from León.
The Atlas squad player signed with that club, thanks to his great performance with the Panzas Verdes and his participation in the 2014 World Cup, but he returned to Mexico perhaps sooner than the player Atlas expected, since the Atlas ‘repatriated him ‘ in 2015.
(35 years old, Rayo Vallecano; 37 years old, Linz from Austria)
Hugo Sánchez, the Mexican ‘Pentapichichi’ in Spanish soccer, for his goals with Atlético de Madrid and Real Madrid, was a member of América when he was tempted by Rayo Vallecano, with whom he ended up playing 29 league games and scoring 16 ‘targets’.
Later, in his last adventure in Europe, he would arrive at Linz in the Austrian Second Division at the age of 37, a squad in which he scored six goals.