The Most Famous

SOCCER PLAYERS from Mexico

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This page contains a list of the greatest Mexican Soccer Players. The pantheon dataset contains 16,923 Soccer Players, 122 of which were born in Mexico. This makes Mexico the birth place of the 27th most number of Soccer Players behind South Korea and Romania.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Mexican Soccer Players of all time. This list of famous Mexican Soccer Players is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Mexican Soccer Players.

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1. Antonio Carbajal (1929 - )

With an HPI of 68.32, Antonio Carbajal is the most famous Mexican Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 24 different languages on wikipedia.

Antonio Félix "Tota" Carbajal Rodríguez (Spanish pronunciation: [anˈtonjo kaɾβaˈxal]; born 7 June 1929) is a Mexican former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He was also called "El Cinco Copas", in reference to his record of five World Cups played.

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2. Tomás Balcázar (1931 - 2020)

With an HPI of 64.63, Tomás Balcázar is the 2nd most famous Mexican Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

Tomás Balcázar González (4 May 1931 – 26 April 2020) was a Mexican professional footballer who played as a forward. He played at club level for Guadalajara, and internationally for Mexico.

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3. Ignacio Trelles (1916 - 2020)

With an HPI of 64.12, Ignacio Trelles is the 3rd most famous Mexican Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Ignacio "Nacho" Trelles Campos (31 July 1916 – 24 March 2020) was a Mexican football player and coach. As a player, he won three Mexican championships with Club Necaxa. Later he coached amongst other the Mexico national team.

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4. Jorge Campos (1966 - )

With an HPI of 63.79, Jorge Campos is the 4th most famous Mexican Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 34 different languages.

Jorge Campos Navarrete (born 15 October 1966) is a Mexican former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. A notable player of Mexico in the 1990s and early 2000s, Campos was an eccentric player, known for his constant play outside the penalty area – often functioning as a sweeper-keeper, as well as his acrobatic, risky, and flamboyant style of goalkeeping, and his colourful playing attire. His main strengths as a goalkeeper were his leaping ability, athleticism, and speed when rushing off his line, as well as his ability to organize his defense, which enabled him to overcome his short stature. He was regarded as one of the best goalkeepers of his generation.Campos also made for an effective striker, a rare example of versatility in football. At times, he would start a game in goal, and transfer upfield later in the match, mostly at the club level. In total, he scored 35 goals throughout his career, scoring all but one while playing for UNAM. His trademark, self-designed bright kits contributed to his popularity.

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5. Rafael Márquez (1979 - )

With an HPI of 61.89, Rafael Márquez is the 5th most famous Mexican Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 60 different languages.

Rafael Márquez Álvarez (Spanish: [rafaˈel ˈmaɾkes] (listen); born 13 February 1979) is a Mexican former professional footballer and youth coach (Cadete A) of Spanish Tercera División club Alcalá. Nicknamed El Káiser, Márquez is regarded as the best defender in Mexico's history and one of the best Mexican players of all time. He played as a central defender, sweeper, or defensive midfielder. Márquez began his career with Atlas in 1996, playing in over 70 games with the club before moving to France in 1999 with Monaco, where he won the Ligue 1 title. In 2003, Márquez transferred to FC Barcelona, becoming the first ever Mexican to represent the club. He would go on to play in over 200 games during seven seasons with the Blaugrana, and win numerous championships. In 2006, he became the first Mexican player to win the UEFA Champions League when Barcelona defeated Arsenal in the final. In 2010, Márquez joined the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer. After being released from the club in 2012, he moved back to Mexico, this time to play for Club León, captaining the team to back-to-back Liga MX titles in 2013 and 2014. Márquez then transferred to Hellas Verona of the Italian Serie A. He returned to boyhood club Atlas in 2015, and announced his retirement from football in April 2018. Márquez is the third most-capped player in the history of the Mexico national team, earning 147 caps throughout his career. In 2018, he became only the fourth player to play for his national team in five consecutive editions of the FIFA World Cup, alongside compatriot Antonio Carbajal, Lothar Matthäus and Gianluigi Buffon, appearing in the 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018 editions of the tournament. He is also the Mexican player with the most World Cup matches played with 19. With the national team, Márquez won the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup, and the 2003 and 2011 editions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

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6. Aarón Padilla Gutiérrez (1942 - 2020)

With an HPI of 61.66, Aarón Padilla Gutiérrez is the 6th most famous Mexican Soccer Player.  Her biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Aarón Padilla Gutiérrez (10 July 1942 – 14 June 2020) was a Mexican football striker, who played for the Mexico national team between 1965 and 1970, gaining 55 caps and scoring 8 goals.

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7. Javier Hernández (1988 - )

With an HPI of 60.80, Javier Hernández is the 7th most famous Mexican Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 66 different languages.

Javier Hernández Balcázar (Spanish: [xaˈβjeɾ eɾˈnandez βalˈkasaɾ] (listen); born 1 June 1988) is a Mexican professional footballer who plays as a striker for Major League Soccer club LA Galaxy and the Mexico national team. Hernández is commonly known by his nickname, Chicharito ([tʃitʃaˈɾito]; Mexican Spanish: little pea), which he wears on his shirt. Hernández began his career in 2006, playing for Mexican club Guadalajara. In July 2010, he became the first Mexican player to join Manchester United, scoring 20 goals and winning the Premier League in his debut season, as well as playing in the final of the UEFA Champions League. After falling out of favour under managers David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, he spent the 2014–15 season on loan at Real Madrid. In August 2015, Hernández signed for Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen. After two seasons in Germany, Hernández returned to the Premier League and joined West Ham United. His minutes-per-goal ratio is among the most prolific in the history of the Premier League. Having garnered over 60 appearances for West Ham, Hernández returned to Spain with Sevilla in September 2019, only to depart four months later to join LA Galaxy. A Mexican international, Hernández is the country's all-time leading goalscorer. He made his debut for the national team in September 2009 in a friendly match against Colombia. He has represented Mexico at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the Copa América Centenario, the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He was the 2011 Gold Cup's top scorer with seven goals and was named the most valuable player of the tournament.

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8. Manuel Rosas (1912 - 1989)

With an HPI of 60.69, Manuel Rosas is the 8th most famous Mexican Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 20 different languages.

Manuel Rosas Sánchez (17 April 1912 in Mexico City – 20 February 1989), nicknamed Chaquetas, was a Mexican footballer who participated in the 1930 FIFA World Cup. He was the first player in the history of FIFA World Cup who scored a goal from the penalty kick spot (against Argentina). With the first goal he scored during the World Cup, he became, at the time, the youngest player to have scored in the FIFA World Cup, a record later broken by Pelé, although Rosas remains second youngest. He was also the first Mexican player to score multiple goals in World Cup play (the first to score more than two goals was Luis Hernandez, 68 years later) and the first player to score an own goal in the history of FIFA World Cup (against Chile).His brother, Felipe Rosas, also played in the 1930 World Cup. Both were players of Atlante F.C. during the tournament.

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9. Juan Carreño (1909 - 1940)

With an HPI of 60.55, Juan Carreño is the 9th most famous Mexican Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 19 different languages.

Juan Carreño Lara (August 14, 1909 – December 16, 1940) was a Mexican footballer, and a participant of the 1930 FIFA World Cup. He was the first Mexican to score in the FIFA World Cup[1]. During this tournament he was connected with Atlante F.C.. He also scored Mexico’s first goal in Olympic Games in Amsterdam 1928. He died of appendicitis aged 31.

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10. Guillermo Ochoa (1985 - )

With an HPI of 59.66, Guillermo Ochoa is the 10th most famous Mexican Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 53 different languages.

Francisco Guillermo Ochoa Magaña (Spanish pronunciation: [ɡiˈʝeɾmo oˈtʃo.a]; born 13 July 1985), commonly referred to as Memo, is a Mexican professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Liga MX club América, whom he captains, and the Mexico national team. Ochoa made his senior-level professional debut for Club América in 2004 in a Mexican league match against Monterrey. He won his first league title in 2005 and was the club's first-choice goalkeeper up until 2011, making over 200 appearances for América. That summer Ochoa was transferred to Ajaccio in France. He spent three seasons with the club until their relegation from Ligue 1. In 2014, Ochoa joined Málaga but failed to establish himself in the team. In July 2016, he joined Granada on a season-long loan. In July 2017, he joined Standard Liège. A Mexican international since 2005, Ochoa received his first cap at age 20 in a friendly match against Hungary. He has been included in the squads for the 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 FIFA World Cups, the 2013 and 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, the 2004 Summer Olympics, the 2007 Copa América, the Copa América Centenario, the 2007, 2009, 2015, and 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup, and was originally in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup before being suspended from the competition due to false doping allegations.

Pantheon has 122 people classified as soccer players born between 1896 and 1997. Of these 122, 102 (83.61%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living soccer players include Antonio Carbajal, Jorge Campos, and Rafael Márquez. The most famous deceased soccer players include Tomás Balcázar, Ignacio Trelles, and Aarón Padilla Gutiérrez. As of October 2020, 33 new soccer players have been added to Pantheon including Tomás Balcázar, Ignacio Trelles, and Aarón Padilla Gutiérrez.

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