A key member of the famous ‘Golden Generation’ that lifted the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru, Hector Moreno has established himself as one of the Mexican national side’s most important players over the last few years.

A cornerstone of the Mexican rearguard, the centre-back’s reliability has seen him become a firm favourite with fans at two different European clubs, first with Eredivisie outfit AZ Alkmaar and then with current team Espanyol, where he is one of their most highly regarded performers.

An excellent man marker, the defender is comfortable with the ball at his feet and formidable in the air. He commits very few errors and knows how to motivate his team-mates when necessary.

The 26-year-old has been linked with moves to some of the biggest clubs in Spain, Italy and England in the past, and that may provide him with an extra incentive to put in some strong displays at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.

While Moreno’s profile outside of Mexico, Spain and the Netherlands remains low, it is possible that this summer could provide the springboard that catapults him to global stardom.