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7 Best Mexicans in Sports History

These are the best Mexican athletes of all time.

Mexico is a blessed land that has given the world great athletes in many sports, and most importantly, they possess a unique stamp that distinguishes them from the rest of the world.

We take a look at seven of the best Mexican athletes of all time, in no particular order. It would be quite ridiculous and disrespectful to compare individuals who compete in different disciplines.

Fernando Valenzuela (Baseball)

The terrific pitcher from Sonora sparked "Fernandomania" in the 1980s, when he became the first player to win both the Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards. His distinctive windup and breaking pitches made him an icon of his generation.

The left-hander was selected to the All-Star Game six times in a row, won a World Series championship ring and, just when they thought his best days were behind him, he threw a no-hitter in 1990.

Joaquín Capilla (Diving)

Joaquin Capilla

Mexican Olympic medalist with four medals in three different events: bronze in London in 1948 and Helsinki in 1952, as well as gold and bronze in Melbourne in 1956. He also won four gold medals at the 1951 and 1955 Pan American Games.

Although he is one of the most important athletes in Mexican history, not everything was bright after his retirement. Capilla ended up in poverty, attached to bad addictions and alcoholism, eventually losing his family and home. Later, he recovered thanks to religion and obtained a degree in theology.

Lorena Ochoa (Golf)

The golfer from Sonora won 27 titles from 2006 to 2009 and holds the record for most weeks as the world's number one with 158.

Ochoa was the top LPGA player from 2002 to 2010, and was later inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Hugo Sánchez (Football)

One of the most outstanding strikers in the history of football. He was five times the top scorer in the Spanish championship. Only Telmo Zarra (6) and Lionel Messi (8) beat him.

"Hugol" won many titles in Europe and Mexico with Real Madrid and UNAM, but his way of attacking the goal and his killer instinct made him one of the best strikers not only in Mexico but in the whole sport.

Mexico still dreams of reaching the "fifth game" in the World Cup, and the last time they achieved it was in 1986 with Hugo Sanchez.

María del Rosario Espinoza (Taekwondo)

A native of Sinaloa, María Espinoza is one of the top taekwondo competitors in Latin America, having achieved the milestone of three medals in three different Olympic Games: gold in Beijing 2008, silver in Rio 2016 and bronze in London 2012.

Rafael Márquez (Football)

The "Kaiser of Michoacan" was a key member of one of the most winning generations in the history of football, at FC Barcelona, alongside Messi, Xavi, Ronaldinho, and many other legends.

Márquez became the first player ever to play as a captain in five World Cups, playing for 'El Tri' from 1997 to 2018. The defender showed great passing and leadership throughout an extensive career, where he earned the respect and admiration of the world.

Julio César Chávez (Boxing)

He is possibly the most important of all in this list, after dominating the world in a truly "Mexican" sport like boxing. Chávez won world titles in three different divisions: Super Featherweight, Lightweight and Super Lightweight.

Mayweather's 50-0 record may seem grandiose, but it's actually quite cute when compared to what the Mexican did, considering that Chavez held an 87-0 record as late as 1993.

"The Lion of Culiacán" is undoubtedly one of the best pound-for-pound fighters of all time, always putting on a show and showing respect as the great champion he is and always will be.