Rafael Márquez Profile

Anyone who saw Rafael Márquez play in his prime will know why he became known as "the Kaiser of Michoacan". Brimming with confidence, elegant on the ball, winning tackles and headers, and a real leader, he was one of the world's finest centre-backs in the 2000s.

Having transferred from Atlas to Monaco as a twenty year-old, it was no surprise that Barcelona made a move for him after four great season in the principality in which he won Ligue 1 and was also named as the league's best defender. He would go onto to play at Barcelona for seven years and became the first Mexican to win the Champions League before eventually leaving and signing for New York Red Bulls.

At international level Márquez is the third most-capped player for the national team, having played 147 times for El Tri. At the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Márquez became the fourth player in history to play in five consecutive World Cups, having first played in the 2002 tournament (the others being fellow Mexican Antonio Carbajal, Lothar Matthäus and Gianluigi Buffon).

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