As we attending at it now, 5 February 1997 was the alpha of an era for Mexican football. What no one knew at the time was that if a adolescent midfielder, a anniversary shy of his 18th birthday, entered the affray on the hour mark it would go on to ascertain El Tri’s next two decades.
Now 38, Rafael Marquez’s actualization endure night for Mexico adjoin Costa Rica, in a 2-0 win to advanced them top of CONCACAF’s hexagonal condoning accumulation for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia?, apparent 20 years of cutting the Fifa 17 Coins For Sale blooming of his country.
“It’s a antecedent of pride [to plan with Marquez] because activity has adored me by accepting players at club akin at the end of their careers,” said Mexico drillmaster Juan Carlos Osorio, who has taken allegation of the brand of Peter Schmeichel, Claudio Reyna, Steve McManaman and Paulo Wanchope in his time. “But I’ve not apparent anyone at the akin of Rafael at civic aggregation level.”
Having been precociously accustomed the captain’s armband as a 23-year-old advanced of his aboriginal World Cup at Korea/Japan 2002, he has gone to advance out his ancillary at three added to date. He can aswell avowal accepting aerial the FIFA Confederations Cup in 1999, as able-bodied as two CONCACAF Gold Cups, during 137 appearances for his country, as able-bodied as scoring 17 goals in the process.
Mexico sit on seven credibility from three amateur in CONCACAF condoning on the alley to Russia, four credibility central the automated places with seven matches remaining. Their next bold is adjoin Trinidad and Tobago on 28 March.