Few Mexican players have achieved as much at international level as Giovani dos Santos. The talented playmaker won the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2005, picked up a gold medal at the Men's Olympic Football Tournament London 2012, and was voted the third-best young player at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ - all by the age of 24.
Yet, for all his success with El Tri, dos Santos has struggled to show his best form on a consistent basis at club level. A product of the famous youth set-up at Barcelona, Gio spent just one year in Barça's first team before moving to England to join Tottenham Hotspur.
Playing opportunities in North London proved scarce, however, and his four years as a Tottenham player included loan spells at Ipswich Town, Galatasaray and Racing Santander. Those stints away from White Hart Lane did, at least, allow him to showcase his talents, and reinforced his need to find regular first-team football.
His move to Real Mallorca at the start of 2012/13 promised that much-needed stability, and he has duly become an important figure for the team. However, with the Balearic club seemingly destined for relegation from the Spanish top flight – despite their new recruit's best efforts – dos Santos could soon be on the hunt for new employers once again.
With that in mind, the attacking midfielder will be determined to impress for Mexico at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil. A strong showing at the competition would not only help lengthen his already considerable list of honours, but also put him in the shop window for Europe's leading clubs, who would no doubt welcome a player of his quality.
With his combination of power, skill and grace, dos Santos is one player sure to delight the crowds at this year's FIFA Confederations Cup.