5 Hottest Mexican Players on the Planet Right Now

Karla Villegas Gama@karlitsvFeatured ColumnistDecember 4, 2012

5 Hottest Mexican Players on the Planet Right Now

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    The first name that comes to your mind when talking about the best Mexicans is Javier Hernández.

    He is without a doubt the hottest national footballer abroad but he is not alone, as others have had fantastic appearances lately.

    Although those who play in Europe are obviously the most recognizable, there are several players that have had superb performances in the Liga MX.

    Join me in this recount of the best Mexicans in the planet.

Andrés Guardado

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    He has been one of the most valuable assets of Mexican football in the past years. Andrés Guardado is a lethal winger that has had a strong regular season with Spanish club Valencia.

    After playing the second division with Deportivo La Coruña, "El Principito" landed a four-year contract with "Los Che," where he has played 1,574 minutes in 25 matches.

    Guardado has settled himself as one of the most reliable players of El Tri. His speed, fine touch and ability to move the ball forward have secured him a starting place.

Javier Hernández

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    He continues to be the most successful Mexican footballer abroad. This season, Javier Hernández has scored nine times with Manchester United and five with the national team.

    "Chicharito" is 11 goals away from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's record as the greatest substitute of the English club. Javier has scored 17 times as a sub, while the Norwegian accomplished 28 goals coming off the bench.

    Hernández left behind a rocky second season and shook off Robin van Persie's deal with the "Red Devils" to regain his status as a key player.

    The Mexican is the second-best Manchester United striker this season; van Persie leads the squad with 13 goals in all competitions; Wayne Rooney is third with five.

Carlos Peña

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    He plays for Club León, a team of Liga MX. Carlos Peña is a 22-year-old from the Northeastern state of Tamaulipas.

    Peña made his professional debut with Club Pachuca in 2010. A year later he was loaned to León, where he won the Segunda División title and the promotion to the top league.

    Despite his young age, Carlos managed to become a cornerstone for his team in the past season. His creativity and fierceness helped "Los Panzas Verdes" advance to the semifinals.

    In that stage he scored once, but the team lost to Tijuana, the eventual champions.

    Dubbed "El Gullit" for his long hair, he made his first appearance with Mexico's senior team two months ago against El Salvador.

Cirilo Saucedo

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    Xolos de Tijuana can thank Cirilo Saucedo for leading them to the past season's title. The 30-year-old goalkeeper had his best season since his senior debut in 2001.

    Saucedo has great reflexes and a superb aerial game. He has played for León, Sinaloa, Veracruz, UANL, Indios and Tijuana.

    In 2003, he won the first leg of the promotion league with León, but the team lost the second round against Sinaloa, team that signed him for the next season.

    That same year, he won the bronze medal at the Dominican Republic Pan American Games. In 2009, he hoisted the SuperLiga trophy with Tigres.

    Saucedo is a veteran keeper that knows how to lead the team and take over the defense easily.

Carlos Vela

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    Carlos Vela is finally showing the results people expected from him after the 2005 U-17 FIFA World Cup.

    He is currently playing for Real Sociedad, where he has scored 18 goals since his debut with the Spanish club in 2011.

    He was loaned to "Los Txuri-urdin" for the 2011/2012 season and after his performances and a series of negotiations, Arsenal agreed to a permanent move for four years.

    Vela's strength and creativity resulted in constant comparisons with "Chicharito," including a statement from Hugo Sánchez; he believes Vela is currently the best Mexican abroad.

    Last campaign he netted 12 times, the same number as Javier Hernández with Manchester United.

    Carlos declined to play with the national team in the London Olympics and in two World Cup qualifiers because he wanted to focus on his club.

    He hasn't been capped ever since.

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