This speedy right-sided attacker has had to contend with unrealistic expectations for much of his career.
Alberto Medina was labelled the "new jewel of Mexican football" after shining in a youth tournament for Chivas de Guadalajara aged 17. There he attracted the attention of German club Borussia Dortmund, who put in an offer for the teenager that the Chivas board rejected.
Since then he has been one of the most consistent players at his club and received frequent call-ups from several Mexico coaches, but has yet to feature in a FIFA World Cup™. His first call-up for the Tricolor came in 2003 and since then he has collected over 50 caps, appearing at the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2005 and last year's CONMEBOL Gold Cup, which Mexico won.
The 27-year-old is a jet-heeled, wide attacking player who has what it takes to decide a match. He has good dribbling skills and can deliver a precise cross, though he does not have the scoring record of other players in his position. He may not be quite the dazzling jewel he was said to be, but he could have a significant role to play if Javier Aguirre decides to use him.