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Team Captain Profile: Mexico’s Rafael Márquez

Team Captain Profile: Mexico’s Rafael Márquez

The very first Mexican player to co-win the UEFA Champions League, Rafael Márquez is without question among the best players in Latin America. His captaincy of the national team is therefore just apt as he deserves top recognition for all the feats he set for himself. Together with his teammates and coach Miguel Herrera, Márquez will give a very good fight in Brazil this fast-approaching World Cup.


Putting him on the side’s forefront is relatively not a risky move for Mexico. Rafa Marquez is a highly creative and productive defender who left Liga MX’s Atlas at a tender age to seek refuge in the French squad, Monaco. He bagged one league title and one league cup with the French principality. He then transferred to La Liga’s Barcelona, at the time when most analysts and supporters thought the side had its best team ever.  He owns four league titles, two UEFA Champions League trophies, a Copa del Rey, and one FIFA Club World Cup.


Talent-wise, the Zamora native no longer needs to prove anything to the world. However, his temper and discipline have always been a major subject of concern. He poorly deals with high-pressure situations and have often triggered cards or caused penalties. Regardless, he remains the top seed that the Mexican ensemble needs to solidify their shot at least in the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup 2014.


Desperation is often the end product of Márquez’s poor decisions in the pitch. His loss of composure far exceeds his ability to keep calm and engage in meaningful actions. In fact, he has already committed several offenses which led to his untimely sendoff in the middle of his own matches. Some of these include his headbutt on USA’s Cobi Jones in Mexico’s 2-0 defeat to the Americans in the 2002 World Cup, his kicking of goalkeeper Tim Howard in the 2009 CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers, and his throwing of the ball on Landon Donovan’s face at the 2011 MLS season.


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