2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™

14 June - 15 July

Rafael MARQUEZ

Age
40
Height
183.0 cm
Date of Birth 13 February 1979
International Caps
148
International Goals
15

One of Mexico’s greatest footballing sons, Rafael Marquez has excelled on the club stage, most notably as part of Pep Guardiola’s prolific Barcelona side, and in the international arena, captaining his country at the last four FIFA World Cup™ competitions.

While it is true that age is not on his side, Marquez retains the silky touch that has made him so adept at bringing the ball out of defence and getting his side on the front foot again. He also remains a goal threat, as he showed in scoring El Tri’s winner away to USA in the qualifiers for Russia 2018, the first time in 44 years that the Mexicans had beaten their northern neighbours in the preliminaries.

Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio has said he has the utmost respect for the centre-half and the contribution he has to make on and off the pitch, a reflection of why the player remains a Tri a cornerstone.