Former El Tri great Hugo Sanchez has backed Carlos Vela as the best Mexican player on the planet.
In a wide-ranging interview with Marca, the current Pachuca skipper expressed his belief that Vela is a more complete player than Javier Hernandez or Gio dos Santos.
“The theme of Carlos Vela, he’s a player with lots of talent and quality,” Sanchez said. “But in Mexico he doesn’t have the sympathy or following that Chicharito gets. But if you force me to choose, Vela is a player who for his impact, character and personality is really garnering attention.”
Sanchez came back to Mexico to take the reigns at Pachuca ahead of the Apertura 2012, but the Tuzos have struggled with form and failed to make the postseason.
Nevertheless, the man known as Hugol has plenty of faith in the process underway in Hidalgo.
“Pachuca is industrializing football,” he said. “Not just football-wise, but also in terms of education and culture, which is fantastic. I don’t know of any other team in the world that has what Pachuca does.”