Already a legend of Mexican football, Carlos Salcido has become one of his country’s most integral players in recent years. Currently operating as a defensive midfielder, this 33-year-ols has won more than 100 caps for El Tri, while on the club front he enjoyed successful spells in the Netherlands and England before returning home to triumph with Tigres in 2011.

 

Throughout his career, Salcido has been known for his versatility. Despite being right-footed, he started out as a left-sided central-defender, a role he filled at the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™. After moving to PSV Eindhoven, his pace, strength and tireless running saw him develop into an accomplished full-back – again on the left – the same position he was deployed in at South Africa 2010. Following his move to Tigres in 2011, Salcido assumed a defensive-midfield role with the club and currently has a similar mandate with the national team.  

 

This native of Ocotlan in the state of Jalisco is strong in the tackle and comfortable on the ball, while his stamina and physical condition remain as impressive as ever. What little he has lost in pace, he more than makes up for in experience. This all-rounder is unquestionably one El Tri’s leaders, in spite of never having wanted to wear the captain’s armband.

 

At Brazil 2013, Salcido will be hoping to add another title to what is an already impressive list of honours, paving the way for what could well be the perfect international swansong at the FIFA World Cup the following year.