Mexico’s national team has always had players play successfully abroad, but this generation of players might be the best and most successful yet. Let’s check in on some of the best El Tri players who are playing in Europe.
Guardado has been one of the better Mexican players in their history and his club career abroad can attest to that. With stints at Bayer Leverkusen, PSV Eindhoven, Valencia and now Real Betis, Guardado has consistently performed around the continent. Now at 33 years old, he is still a key part of Betis’ team. Guardado played the full 90 minutes at center midfield against Valencia, helping secure Real Betis a 2-1 victory. Against Mallorca on Saturday, Guardado turned in another full shift as Betis won 2-1 yet again.
Jiménez has slowly become one of the better strikers not only in England but arguably the world. After bursting on the scene at Wolves last season, the 28-year-old has become their number one striker and has scored 9 goals in 18 matches for Wolves this season in the Premier League and Europa League. Last weekend Jiménez scored in Wolves’ 2-1 win at Bournemouth and this Thursday he scored a goal and had two assists in a 3-3 draw against Braga.
He picked up right where he left off against Sheffield United this Sunday in the Premier League, assisting Wolves’ second-half equalizer to ensure a point in the standings.
Hirving “Chucky” Lozano made a big move this summer from PSV Eindhoven to Napoli and has played pretty well for the Partenopei so far. Last weekend his crucial goal against Milan helped earn a draw for Napoli and he was even the highest-rated player on the field. This week in the Champions League, Lozano played 72 minutes in their big draw at Liverpool. Lozano played 82 minutes as Napoli succumbed to a two-goal comeback by Bologna in Serie A on Sunday.
Another Mexican who made a big move this summer was Hector Herrera, who left Porto for Atlético de Madrid. He’s appeared in 7 La Liga matches and 4 Champions League matches and has made a pretty big impact in the central midfield for Atletico. Last weekend he notched an assist in Atlético’s 1-1 draw at Granada and this past week started and played 60 minutes against Juventus in the Champions League. Herrera got the start for Atléti against FC Barcelona on Sunday in arguably the biggest match of the weekend.
Jesús Corona, a.k.a. Tecatito, has been having a special year for Porto this season. The midfielder has appeared in every single one of Porto’s league matches and four out of five Europa League matches. Last weekend he played the full 90 against Boavista, and this Thursday in Porto’s 2-1 win over Young Boys, he was one of the better players on the field.