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Ultimate Mexico dream team - Campos & Chicharito in, Ochoa out

09:00 SAST 2022/11/26
Mexico dream team!
Some great players have represented El Tri and this is their best ever XI!

Mexico are historically the most successful national team in the CONCACAF region with 11 titles at continental level.

Nicknamed "El Tri", they have qualified for 17 World Cups throughout their history and have featured at each tournament since 1994, making them one of only six countries to do so!

Some incredible superstars have featured for Mexico, with the likes of Hugo Sanchez, Rafael Marquez and Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez as just some of the players to have represented some of the world's biggest clubs.

But who make Mexico's ultimate dream team?

Let's take a look!

  • Jorge Campos Mexico

    GK: Jorge Campos

    One of the pioneers of the "sweeper keeper" concept so prevalent in modern day, Campos was known for his skill on the ball outside the penalty area as much as his saves.

    A proper athlete, the shot stopper had tremendous leaping ability, athleticism and speed to rush off his line, which balanced out his height disadvantage.

    Campos made 129 appearances for Mexico between 1991 and 2003.

    An interesting fact about Campos is that he started out as a striker and scored 28 goals for his first club UNAM.

    He featured at two World Cups, in 1994 and 1998 and only just keeps Guillermo Ochoa out of this XI, with the latter regularly turning into Superman while representing the national team!

  • Carlos Salcido, Mexico

    CB: Carlos Salcido

    Salcido was a key figure at three World Cups - in 2006, 2010 and 2014 - as well as three Gold Cups - in 2005, 2007 and 2011 - and was also part of the team that won the gold medal at the 2012 Summer OIympics.

    He played most of his international career as left-back, but also featured as a defensive midfielder and ended his career as a centre-back.

    Salcido retired after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

  • 2017-08-11 MEXICO Rafael Marquez

    CB: Rafael Marquez

    Marquez, nicknamed El Kaiser, is arguably one of the best Mexican players of all time.

    The former Barcelona man is the third most-capped player in the history of the Mexican national team, earning 147 caps during his international stint between 1997 and 2018.

    He became only the fourth player to play for his country at five consecutive World Cups, appearing in the 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018 editions.

    Marquez also holds the record for playing the most number of games at World Cups (19).

    He won the 1999 Confederations Cup and 2003 and 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cups with Mexico.

  • Claudio Suarez Mexico 10152014

    CB: Claudio Suarez

    Suarez held the record for the most caps with the Mexico national team (177) until Andres Guardado dethroned him, with Ahmed Hassan, Sergio Ramos, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Al-Deayea the only other players with more caps.

    He was a key member of Mexico's 1994 World Cup squad in the United States as well as the 1998 World Cup in France.

    He missed the 2002 World Cup due to injury, but played at his third World Cup in Germany in 2006.

  • Ramon Ramirez Mexico

    CM: Ramon Ramirez

    Ramirez was destined to become one of the greatest Mexican players since Hugo Sanchez, but multiple injuries limited him from achieving greatness for his country.

    One of the top Mexican footballers in the 90s, he is one of the all-time most capped players for his national team with 119 appearances, scoring 15 goals from midfield in a nine-year spell between 1991 and 2000.

  • Alberto Garcia Aspe Mexico

    CM: Alberto Garcia Aspe

    Part of Mexico's three World Cup campaigns, in 1994, 1998 and 2002, Garcia Aspe was a mainstay in the national team for 14 years between 1988 and 2002.

    While he did feature in three World Cups, he just made one appearance at the 2002 World Cup, playing 12 minutes in a last-16 defeat to the United States.

    Aspe made 109 appearances for his country, scoring 21 goals, winning the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 1996 and the Confederations Cup in 1999.

    He faced stiff competition from Gerardo Torrado for a place in midfield, but holds a slight edge over the Cruz Azul legend.

  • Andres Guardado Mexico WCQ 09062016

    LM: Andres Guardado

    Currently the most-capped player in the history of the Mexico national team with over 175 appearances, Guardado is also tenth on the list of all-time top Mexican international goalscorers, with 28 goals!

    He has featured in four World Cups heading into Qatar 2022, four Gold Cups (winning three), two Copa America tournaments and two Confederations Cups.

    The legendary midfielder featured at the 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018 World Cups for Mexico and captained his national team at the 2018 edition.

    He also played as a left-back at times and even slotted in as a winger whenever required.

  • Cuauhtémoc Blanco Mexico 2010

    RM: Cuauhtemoc Blanco

    One of the most unique players of all time, Blanco was primarily a deep-lying forward, but he also featured as an attacking midfielder.

    He scored 38 goals in 120 games and is the third-highest goalscorer for the national team.

    In 2010, he became the first Mexican to score at three World Cups, a feat later equalled by Rafael Marquez and Javier Hernandez.

    Blanco appeared at the 1998, 2002 and 2010 tournaments, but missed the 2006 edition due to non-selection.

  • Luis Hernandez Mexico Copa America 1997

    FW: Luis Hernandez

    The fourth all-time leading goal scorer for Mexico with 35 goals, Hernandez is also the joint-highest Mexican goalscorer in World Cups.

    Nicknamed El Matador, Hernandez finished among the 1998 World Cup's top scorers with four goals at the tournament and became the first Mexican to score more than two goals in World Cup history.

    With 35 goals in 85 appearances, he is the fourth all-time top goalscorer for Hernandez behind Blanco, Borgetti and Chicharito.

  • Chicharito Mexico 09082015

    FW: Javier Hernandez

    The greatest goalscorer for Mexico at international level, Hernandez made his debut in 2009 before representing his country at the 2010 World Cup, 2011 Gold Cup, 2013 Confederations Cup, 2014 World Cup, the Copa America Centenario, 2017 Confederations Cup and 2018 World Cup.

    He made 109 appearances for Mexico between 2009 and 2019, scoring 52 goals.

    A proper poacher, Chicharito, as he is commonly known, scored a lot of goals from close range as his positioning was unrivalled.

  • Hugo Sanchez

    FW: Hugo Sanchez

    A prolific goal scorer known for his incredible strikes and volleys, Sanchez is widely regarded as the greatest Mexican footballer of all time.

    The attacker made 58 appearances for Mexico, scoring 29 goals and participated in three World Cups, playing a crucial role as El Tri reached the quarter-final of the 1986 tournament.

    At club level, Sanchez is the fourth-highest goalscorer in La Liga history, the third-highest foreign goalscorer in La Liga behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, and the seventh-highest goalscorer in Real Madrid history.