Andres Guardado will become the 16th Mexican player to participate in the UEFA Champions League should Valencia require his services on Wednesday.
Entering his sixth year in Europe, Guardado signed on for Los Chés in a bid to further his career aspirations following a lengthy spell with Deportivo La Coruña. During that time, the former Atlas midfielder admits that he has had to turn down lucrative offers to join Mexican clubs in order to follow his dream.
"Yes, I'd be making so much more, twice as much money," Guardado told El País. "However, it's not time for that yet. I want to succeed as a professional here. In Mexico, few have had long careers in Europe, just Rafa Marquez and Hugo Sanchez. I've been here six years and hopefully I can be here 12. Money will come, but I'm not complaining."
The winger has been blessed with extended playing time since joining the team over the summer, starting in three of the four La Liga matches that his squad has been a part of. The injury of fellow winger Pablo Piatti opens the door for a wider role.
Guardado admitted that his success at the club level has come partially due to his work with the Mexican national team. During his time with El Tri, Andres notes that the perception of the world has changed in regards to the potential of the North American powerhouse.
"The world looks at us with other eyes. There are many great schools and coaches. We have two under-17 world championships and a different mentality. Players used to resist leaving the country, now everyone wants to emigrate," he said.
Valencia visits Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday.
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