A gold medallist at the Men's Olympic Football Tournament London 2012, Javier Aquino is regarded as one of the most promising talents in Mexican football. The 23-year-old right-winger has enjoyed a rapid rise, and is now an established senior international for Mexico under Jose Manuel de la Torre.
Aquino is a product of the youth system at Cruz Azul, the club for whom he also made his professional debut. After three years in the Mexican top flight he moved to Spain to join Villareal, where he quickly earned a place in the starting line-up.
What Aquino lacks in height he makes up for in speed, dedication and trickery, with those attributes making him an important part of Mexico's tactical system.