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Mexican fútbol

Mexico’s most popular sport is called fútbol in Mexico. As of 2006, it was estimated that there were over 324,000 registered players in the nation and approximately 8,155,000 unregistered players of fútbol in Mexico. In Mexico, fútbol became a professional men’s sport in 1943. Since then, Mexico’s most successful club has been Club América, with thirteen Liga MX titles. Mexico’s first women’s professional football league was established in the 2017–18 Liga MX Femenil season. It set new world records for attendances at women’s professional football matches.

 

Fútbol data

Are you looking for the best data on Mexican fútbol? Then Sportmonks is your perfect opportunity. We have detailed coverage of the Liga MX. In addition to the highest Mexican division, we cover more than 10 leagues including Youth and Women’s leagues. Check our complete coverage of Mexican football leagues on our coverage page.

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Famous Mexican players

Hugo Sánchez no other Mexican has scored as many goals in Europe as Hugo Sánchez. Sánchez won the Pichici award five times and helped secure five La Liga titles and one Copa del Rey. He also represented Mexico in three World Cups where he scored 29 goals putting him seventh on the all-time scorer’s list.

Rafael Márquez was the first Mexican to win the UEFA Champions League and is considered by many the best defender in the country’s football history. Rafael Márquez played three years with Atlas before leaving for Europe. French club Monaco bought him when he was just 20 years old. During his time at Ligue 1, Márquez brought the best out of himself and settled as a courageous defender. After four seasons, Barcelona paid five million euros to sign the first Mexican in its history. Rafa won 12 titles in seven seasons with the Blaugrana.

Horacio Casarín debuted as a defender but was eventually moved to the attacking zone. He was 17 years old when he came off of his first game with Necaxa. He played at the 1950 FIFA World Cup and he retired as the all-time Mexican scorer, with 256 goals to his count.

 

 

Javier Hernández, more commonly known by his nickname, Chicarito. He is the current all-time leading goalscorer of Mexico’s national team. He has represented Mexico at 3 World Cups and played at the 2011 Gold Cup where he was named the tournament’s most valuable player. Hernández has played for several different clubs in Europa but had the most success with Manchester United where he scored 37 goals in 103 appearances.

Hirving Lozano popularly known by his nickname ‘Chucky’ became the most expensive Mexican player of all time in 2019 when he signed for Napoli for €42 million. Participating in the 2016 Summer Olympics. He made his senior international debut in February 2016. He reportedly got the nickname ‘Chucky’ during his youth career, as he used to hide under teammates’ beds and scare them.

Carlos Vela is often described as a creative player and prolific scorer. Vela started his career at the Mexican club Guadalajara, eventually joining Premier League club Arsenal that year. After joining Arsenal, he had loan spells before settling with Real Sociedad in 2011, initially on loan and then permanently the following season. In his six-year spell with La Real, Vela played in 250 matches and scored 73 goals. In January 2018, he joined Los Angeles FC, winning the Supporters’ Shield and the MLS Golden Boot in his second year, and setting a new league record for most goals in a season, with 34. He was also voted Most Valuable Player.