The new leader of the Mexican pack, Andres Guardado is the man most likely to don the captain’s armband whenever Rafael Marquez is absent.
The midfielder began his career stationed on the left flank, where he got himself noticed with his speed and long-range shooting skills. As his career developed, he shifted to central midfield and now performs more defensive duties.
Guardado was 19 when he got his first taste of the FIFA World Cup™ at Germany 2006 and has not missed a major competition with El Tri since. His first world finals goal came at Brazil 2014, in the group phase against Croatia.
With his talent, vision and experience, El Principito (‘The Little Prince’) was one of Juan Carlos Osorio’s ever-presents in the qualifiers for Russia 2018, where he chipped in with a couple of goals.