Cuauhtemoc Blanco announces retirement date

The Mexican legend will finally call time on an illustrious career when he hangs up his boots next summer.
Mexico legend Cuauhtemoc Blanco is finally set to hang up his boots next summer, putting an end to a career that will have been one of the most colorful in Mexican soccer.

“I want to enjoy (being with) my kids when I hang up the boots,” said 40-year-old Blanco on Wednesday at the opening of a restaurant in Mexico City. “I know that the moment will be in June.”

The current Lobos BUAP player, whose most famous moment on the international stage was the “Cuauhteminha” trick at the 1998 World Cup, said he would most miss joking around with teammates in the locker room.

“I thank God for giving me these legs,” added Blanco.

Aside from spending time with his family, the football world is unlikely to have heard the last of Blanco, who is looking to become a manager further down the line.

“I want to prepare with a few months in Europe,” said Blanco. “I’m going to go to training at (Real) Madrid, Barcelona and with Javier Aguirre (at Espanyol).”

Blanco debuted for Club America in 1992 and went on to play for Necaxa, Real Valladolid, Veracruz and Chicago Fire, among others.

The America legend has played in three World Cups, but missed out on Germany 2006 partly due to a widely publicized dispute with then-coach Ricardo La Volpe.