Rafael Marquez blogpocket

Mexico captain Rafael Márquez followed his former Barcelona teammate Thierry Henry to the New York Red Bulls last week. As he adjusts to life in America, we'll run through some of his vital statistics...

 

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Márquez’s age when he made his debut for his first club Atlas. The defender went on to play 77 times for the Mexican club, scoring six goals. Márquez narrowly missed out on his first piece of silverware while at Atlas, losing on penalties to Deportivo Torluca in the Mexican league final.

 

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A big year for Márquez as he moved to Europe and got his first taste of success at the highest level. His impressive displays in the Mexican league led to interest from Europe but it was AS Monaco who won the race for his signature. Back in South America, Márquez was part of the Mexico team that won both the Confederations Cup and the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

 

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The number of La Liga titles Márquez won whilst a Barcelona player. In a trophy-laden stay in Catalonia, the defender also won the Champions League (twice), the Copa del Rey, the Supercopa de Espana (three times), the UEFA Super Cup and the World Club Cup. While at Monaco, Márquez won Ligue 1, Trophee des champions and Coupe de la Ligue.

 

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The number of caps the defender has won for Mexico since making his debut in 1997. In that time Márquez has scored 11 goals and represented his country at three World Cup finals. In 2002, prior to the World Cup in Japan and South Korea – and at just 23 years old – the center-back was named his country’s captain, an honor he still holds today.

  

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The minute that Márquez scored his country’s equalizing goal in the opening match of this year’s World Cup against hosts South Africa. Mexico came through a difficult first-round group that also contained Uruguay and Thierry Henry’s France but were unable to progress any further as they lost to Argentina in the second round – partly due to Carlos Tevez’s controversial goal.

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