2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™

14 June - 15 July

Hugo AYALA

Age
32
Height
183.0 cm
Date of Birth 31 March 1987
International Caps
45
International Goals
1

This lanky centre-half is a linchpin at the back for Tigres, one of the most successful sides in Mexico over the last decade, with whom he has captured three league titles and a domestic cup.

A cultured stopper who is also strong in the air, Ayala won his first cap for the Mexican national team nine years ago. Although he has been left out in the cold for long stretches under different El Tri coaches, he is always one of the prime candidates to deputise when the first-choice central defenders are unavailable.

Ayala has been given the nod by Juan Carlos Osorio intermittently and notched the only goal of the game in Mexico's friendly victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina early this year.