Hugol was recognized by the IFFHS as CONCACAF’s Player of the Century and named in Real Madrid’s all-time greatest XI.
Although he arrived in Spain in 1981, it wasn’t until the 1984-85 season when he won his first Pichichi award.
He moved to Real Madrid in 1985 and established himself as one of the best strikers in La Liga’s history.
With Los Blancos, Sanchez won five league titles, one Copa del Rey and three Supercopas de Espana.
He held the Real Madrid record for most goals scored in one season (38) for 21 years; Cristiano Ronaldo broke it in 2011 (40).
He also represented Mexico in three World Cups (1978, 1986 and 1994) but only scored 29 times, mainly because when he was at his prime, the team was suspended by FIFA and as a result missed the 1990 World Cup.
Sanchez was a very clever striker, with a fantastic goalscoring knack, and always hardworking.
His endurance and fierceness, combined with his accuracy, set him as the best Mexican footballer in history.