The medal obtained in Japan opens again the debate on whether it is the best goalkeeper in the Mexican National Team.
The 36-year-old Mexican goalkeeper, Guillermo Ochoa achieved the bronze medal with the Olympic Selection at the Games of Tokyo 2020, an achievement that adds to his record at the national team level and that once again puts the question in public opinion, is he already the best goalkeeper in the history of Mexico?
Since Ochoa appeared in the First Division of Mexico in 2004, he has added credentials, international recognition and also titles with the absolute representative, same that far exceed what he has achieved at the club level.
With the national team he has become an important pillar since the departure of Oswaldo Sanchez and for much of the last decade outperformed Jesus Crown in the fight for the starting position.
His influence when he starts with the Aztec team has been reflected in the Gold Cups that he has disputed as a starter. From 2009 to date, he has won four trophies from the Concacaf area by winning with the Mexican team the 2009, 2011, 2015 and 2019 editions.
Added to this is his career at the club level, as he was the first Mexican goalkeeper to play in France’s Ligue 1, LaLiga and Belgium’s Jupiler Pro League.
While is true that Guillermo Ochoa He is the goalkeeper who has received the most goals in a season in the history of the Spanish league by receiving 80 annotations in the 2016-2017 campaign, he also finished it as the goalkeeper who made the most saves, adding 161. This led him to be recognized as the best Granada player in that year.
During his time in Ajaccio, he was also awarded as the best player on his team and despite his relegation with his squad, he was considered one of the best players in the French league.
Guillermo Ochoa He was placed on the radar of teams like Napoli, Marseille, Paris SG or Milan, but due to his lack of a community passport the teams decided not to take that risk.
At the club level, Ochoa has won three titles with América, Liga 2005, Campeón de Campeones 2005 and Liga de Campeones; While in Europe the title he obtained was the Belgian Cup in 2018, but he did so as a substitute goalkeeper, since he did not add a minute in said competition.
During his career, he also includes a Gold Glove of the 2019 Gold Cup, Top 10 of the best goalkeepers in the world according to the IFFHS in 2014 and the best Mexican goalkeeper of the XXI Century, according to the IFFHS in 2013.
This morning, Guillermo Ochoa added the last accolade to his sporting achievements with the bronze medal and helped Mexico to get on the Olympic podium. “I did not want to return to Mexico empty-handed. We were among the first teams to arrive in Japan and we set out to be among the last to leave, we did. The Mexican fans deserve it. It is a medal that we carry in our hearts ”, said the goalkeeper after the medal obtained.
With his sporting achievements as a cover letter, the debate to recognize the best goalkeeper in the history of the country will continue.