5 Hottest Mexican Teenagers Who Might Be the Next Javier Hernandez
Since Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez has become a major force for Manchester United, many people have questioned if the new generation of Mexican footballers can equal his results.
These youngsters seem to have a better and stronger mentality. They also know that they have to give their best if they want to succeed, even when they are basically kids.
However, after the Liga MX was unveiled, Decio de Maria, the tournament chairman, revealed that the "20/11 rule" would be eliminated—it obliged the clubs to align U-21 players for a total of 1,000 minutes.
Some of them are good enough to play in the first team; others are on their way there. Let's find out which five footballers have a promising future.
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At age 18, Marco Bueno has already won the U-17 FIFA World Cup. In 2011 he scored once in that tournament against Panama.
He started playing football in Pachuca's youth system; later he moved to Leon, a second division team at the time.
Marco went back to Pachuca and secured a spot in the U-17 national team. During the World Cup, Bueno showed a lot of physical strength and maturity.
He knows how to deal with pressure, makes clever decisions and has fantastic ball control.
Luis Fernando Cruz
You may not have heard much about Luis Fernando Cruz, a 15-year-old who scored four times at the Under-15 Nations Cup.
Cruz is very fast and knows how to take the ball forward. He has a fine ball touch, especially with long-distance shots.
In his debut at the Nations Cup he scored twice against Canada, then he found Chile's net and finally once more against the Mexico Tercera Division squad.
This 18-year-old proved his level at the U-17 FIFA World Cup as he scored four times in seven games. Besides winning the tournament, Carlos Fierro earned the Bronze Ball award.
He has played for Chivas de Guadalajara since his youth years; he made his senior debut in 2011 at the local tournament.
Fierro has a superb right-foot shot and knows how to cut in from both sidelines to put the defense in distress. His speed is one of his most valuable assets.
He is also a fantastic playmaker and assists his teammates on a regular basis.
Manuel Mejia showed his potential at the 2012 U-15 Nations Cup, where he scored four times, including a hat-trick.
He currently plays for Pachuca U-15 and has won the local tournament and the Manchester United Nike Premier Cup with the team.
Mejia is lethal in the air but knows how to shoot with both feet as well, and that's why he has become an undisputed starter with Pachuca.
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Erick "El Cubo" Torres has been constantly compared with Javier Hernandez. There are several reasons for this. For starters, they were part of Chivas de Guadalajara youth system and both play the same position.
Torres has scored 13 times since his senior debut in 2010. This has put him on the radar of several Premier League teams, such as Manchester United.
With the U-17 and U-20 national teams, "El Cubo" has played the 2010 Milk Cup, the 2011 Toulon Tournament, the 2011 U-20 World Cup and the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifier.
He is especially adept with headers, although he can also shoot well with his right foot. Torres dribbles and protects the ball like few Mexican footballers.