At the ripe old age of 28, Ricardo Canales is finally gaining some recognition at international level, forcing his way into Reinaldo Rueda’s squad as the third-choice goalkeeper in the final phase of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ and gaining a place at the finals themselves.
Canales started his career at Victoria, where he stayed for five years before being lured to Motagua, one of the big guns of the Honduran league. He quickly made the No1 position his own and despite a blip in form at the end of 2009 he has proved ultra-dependable, stringing together some excellent displays to stay firmly in Rueda’s plans.
An unfussy keeper, Canales is a born leader and invariably rises to the occasion in big matches, which explains why Rueda has called on him throughout his spell in charge. Should he be required to pull on the gloves at South Africa 2010, the Motagua man will not disappoint.