The 35-year-old goalkeeper pointed out that one of the main problems for a Mexican footballer is that in Europe MLS is better known than Liga MX.
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With Mexico he has won four CONCACAF Gold Cups (Photo: Instagram / yosoy8a)
After guarding the goal of the Mexican National Team for 105 games and having attended the fourth World Cup, Guillermo Ochoa announced the date that he will retire from Tri.
In an interview with CNN, the Aguilas del América goalkeeper said this Friday that his goal is to say goodbye to the Aztec team at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar , which would be his fifth call , tying the mark of the legendary goalkeeper of the León club , Antonio “La Tota” Carbajal , who was in Brazil 1950, Switzerland 1954, Sweden 1958, Chile 1962 and England 1966, in which he played 11 games and received 25 goals.
For his part, “Paco Memo” represented Mexico in the tournaments of Germany 2006, South Africa 2010, Brazil 2014 and Russia 2018; However, it was in these last two where he achieved ownership and established himself as an idol of the Mexican fans. Of the eight games he played, he received nine goals.
Qatar will be my last World Cup, my farewell to the national team
The Mexican goalkeeper is remembered for his spectacular performances against Brazil in 2014 and against Germany in 2018 (PHOTO: AFP)
On the other hand, the 35-year-old goalkeeper mentioned how grateful he is to be part of the Mexican National Team for so many years and with which he has won titles in the area, since he made his debut in 2005 in a friendly match against Hungary and from there he won four CONCACAF Gold Cups.
Not many footballers have the opportunity to represent their country and win titles. Four that correspond to our area, first you have to play them and then you have to win them, it is a pride after many years of being in the national team, representing your country; not everyone has the privilege
His passage through Europe and the ignorance of Liga MX
After nine years in Europe he returned to Liga MX with America (Photo: Instagram / yosoy8a)
Ochoa had 260 official matches in European soccer, playing for Ajaccio from France, Málaga and Granada from Spain, and Standard Lieja from Belgium; being this last destination where he could raise a glass.
During the same interview, the athlete analyzed his passage through the old continent and shared his impression when discovering the ignorance of Mexican football in the old continent.
When I went to Europe I had to open my eyes, you arrive in a country where you don't see the Mexican league. I had colleagues who told me 'hey, I know America, I know two other teams', and you stay with it, it's a joke
And is that for Guillermo, the main problem suffered by Mexican footballers who want to play in the best leagues in the world is the lack of exposure of Liga MX . He even pointed out that more is known about Brazilian, Argentine soccer and even the US MLS .
(Photo: Instagram / yosoy8a)
As the (Mexican) clubs are economically well, they do not seek to transcend internationally. This diffusion of Mexican soccer has not been sought. You can't find an America vs Guadalajara on TV, the classic in Mexico
For this reason, he considers that the Copa Libertadores and the World Cups were a showcase for him , because thanks to his good performances in these international tournaments they knew him in Europe
They did have some knowledge of me because of what I had done with that little international. So it does help and opens doors for you. We have to change that
The American idol will be part of the call for the Aztec team for their duels against South Korea and Japan in Austrian territory on November 14 and 17 , respectively.
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