The history of
Unforgettable night in Moscow
The 39-year-old Rafa comes on as substitute in a rousing 1-0 defeat of Germany to become the 3rd player to play at 5 FIFA World Cups.
Lothar Matthaeus and goalkeeper Antonio Carbajal are the other names in the historic pantheon of iron men.
It is a very special day for me. After losing my father and how hard it's been for me to get to this point. However, I've done it with my head up and I've added my small contribution to the greater success of this team.
Rafael Marquez, Mexico Captain
His remarkable run has included a vital leadership role and early round success. He has captained them past the group stage on every occasion.
But the curse of El Quinto Partido (“The fifth match”) – the name Mexico has given to their inability to make it to a World Cup quarter-final since 1986 – has made his Mundial history a mixed bag.
In a Round of 16 match against bitter rivals USA, he received a red card in the 88th minute of the 2-0 loss. His only red card at a World Cup to date.
Marquez scored a goal to salvage a 1-1 draw with hosts South Africa in the opening match of the 2010 World Cup, but there would also be another Round of 16 exit, again at the feet of Argentina.