Throughout the history of soccer, Mexico has had a long tradition of producing some of the world’s best talent. Many of these players have played on the international stage, dominating the competition in Europe and beyond. They’ve also represented their home country in the beginnings of their careers and on soccer’s biggest stage: the FIFA World Cup. These six players are the best male soccer stars from Mexico.
Top 6 Best Mexico Soccer Players of All Time
Who are the Best Mexican Soccer Players Ever?
- Hugo Sánchez
- Rafael Márquez
- Cuauhtémoc Blanco
- Jorge Campos
- Antonio Carbajal
- Horacio Casarín
1. Hugo Sánchez
- 397 professional goals
- Won Pan American Games gold medal with Mexico
- Named Player of the Century from CONCACAF
Based on his achievements as a member of some of Europe’s greatest soccer teams, Hugo Sánchez is Mexico’s greatest soccer player of all time. Sánchez was a forward whose professional career lasted over two decades, with some of the most spectacular plays ever seen in the sport. Sánchez began his professional career with the UNAM club out of Mexico City, with whom he scored 97 goals. However, he is perhaps most famous for his time spent at both Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid, where he scored a combined 218 goals. He also helped Mexico win the gold medal in soccer in the 1975 Pan American Games. At the turn of the 21st century, he was voted the best soccer player of the 21st century from the North Central American and Caribbean region (CONCACAF).
2. Rafael Márquez
- First Mexican to win the Champions League
- Nominated for FIFA World Player of the Year in 2007
- Played in five FIFA World Cups
Throughout his long professional career, Rafael Márquez was the definition of consistency. Márquez is almost undoubtedly the best defender to have ever come out of Mexico, and he made a name for himself playing for teams such as Barcelona FC, Monaco, and the New York Red Bulls. Márquez was a member of Barcelona between 2003 and 2010 and was instrumental in their success during those years. In 2004, they won the Champions League final against Arsenal, making Márquez the first Mexican player to win a Champions League final. Márquez played in five World Cups with Mexico, growing a legendary status in the country. In 2007, he was even nominated for the FIFA World Player of the Year.
3. Cuauhtémoc Blanco
- 181 career goals
- 1999 Silver Boot and Silver Ball winner
- Mexican Player of the Year 2001-2002
With a legendary career that spanned more than two decades, Cuauhtémoc Blanco is a name that will go down in the history books of Mexican soccer. Blanco spent most of his career playing in Mexican soccer leagues and, throughout his career, amassed 181 goals. He also had some legendary performances playing forward and attacking midfielder for the Mexican national team, where he totaled 38 goals in 119 appearances. This led to him receiving the Silver Boot and Silver Ball awards for his performances in the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup in the CONCACAF region. He was also awarded the Mexican Player of the Year award in 2002-2002.
4. Jorge Campos
- Five-time Golden Glove winner in Liga MX
- Voted world’s third-best goalkeeper in 1993
- Three-time MLS All-Star
Jorge Campos is likely the best goalkeeper in Mexican soccer history. Jorge Campos began his professional career in 1988 and finished in 2004. In those years, Campos built a legendary status as one of the best goalkeepers in the world. In Mexico’s premier soccer league, Liga MX, Campos won the Golden Glove five times. In 1993, he was awarded the Bronze Ball as he was voted the third-best goalkeeper in the entire world by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS). When he played in the United States’ biggest soccer league, the MLS, he was a three-time All-Star.
5. Antonio Carbajal
- Ranked 15th in best goalkeepers of the century
- Appeared in five FIFA World Cups
- Two-time Copa México winner
Another world-class goalkeeper to come out of Mexico, Antonio Carbajal was one of the best early talents from the country. Carbajal began his professional career with Club España out of Mexico City. He eventually transferred to León, which plays out of Guanajuato, and where he played from 1950 to 1966. The IFFHS ranked him as the 15th-best goalkeeper of the 20th century, thanks to his consistently excellent play. He also appeared in five World Cups for the Mexican National Team. As a member of León, Carbajal was twice able to take home a Copa de México championship with his team, the first in 1955 and the second in 1956.
6. Horacio Casarín
- 107 goals with Atlante
- Began his professional career at age 17
- Scored 15 goals for the Mexican National Team
Horacio Casarín had a legendary career with a variety of teams that spanned 21 years. His storied career began at a very young age; he was just seventeen when he made his professional debut with Necaxa. He found major success when he transferred to Atlante a few years later, where he scored 107 goals in six years. This success led him to transfer to Barcelona for a pair of seasons, though he moved back to Mexico afterward. As a member of the Mexican National Team, Casarín was able to score 15 goals in a mere 16 appearances.