At 37 years of age, Mexico’s Captain Rafael Márquez once again proved that age can’t slow him down.
Márquez scored the crucial second goal in Mexico’s 3-1 win over favourites Uruguay in the Copa America opening group game. The victory places Mexico in prime position to make it through the group, with Venezuela also getting a win against Jamaica this morning.
The veteran turned back time with a superb performance for El Tri. If there was a roof on the Arizona stadium, the Mexican celebrations from Márquez’s goal would have sent it into the stratosphere.
Despite a wave of criticism pre-tournament, Márquez has silenced the haters, proving himself as a first choice pick for Mexico’s defensive line.
Márquez is the only player to have captained a team in four World Cups, an honour that speaks for itself.
This team really played like the Mexico of old, displaying electrifying pace from all thirds of the pitch, controlling possession and clearly enjoying their football.
Confidence is key, and with a large contingent of fan support in the US, perhaps Mexico can go all the way and win their first ever COPA America Centenario!