A revelation for Mexico at the FIFA Confederations Cup Germany 2005, Carlos Salcido confirmed his promise twelve months later at the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™. Yet another central defender to emerge from the prolific Guadalajara youth academy, he signed for PSV Eindhoven at the end of the world finals and has kept his first-team place with the Dutch side ever since.
Superbly fit and rarely outmanoeuvred by opposing strikers, the tenacious Salcido is a born leader and a commanding presence in the air. His competitive spirit has helped him out of many a tight situation, and though he is naturally right-footed, he has always played on the left, alternating between the centre and the left side of defence for both club and country.
Playing his first game for Mexico in a 2004 friendly against Ecuador, he has since collected 69 caps and has long been recognised as one of the national team’s senior figures. Salcido is widely expected to be Javier Aguirre’s first choice at left-back in what will be his last FIFA World Cup finals, the PSV man having announced that he will retire from international football when the tournament is over.