11 of the most capped Mexico players

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Qualifying for the World Cup 16 times since the World Cup tournament launched in 1930, El Tri has seen some of the world’s most talented players wear the tricolor kit. Here are Mexico’s top players known for their longevity, as ranked by their number of caps.

Claudio Suarez, 177

The defender made 177 appearances for the Mexico side, participating in the 1994 and 1998 World Cups as captain. He continues to hold the records for the most games played for El Tri. His silverware includes the FIFA Confederations Cup of 1999 and three CONCACAF Gold Cups: 1993, 1996, 1998.

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Andrés Guardado, 151

With 151 international appearances, the midfielder Andrés Guardado has become a staple for El Tri. His participation includes four World Cups, three Gold Cups, two Copa América contests, and two Confederations Cups. His honors include winning the 2011 and 2015 Gold Cups.

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Pável Pardo, 146

Defensive midfielder Pável Pardo sported the tricolor kit for 13 years as a defensive midfielder. With 146 caps, he matches Gerardo Torrado and Rafael Márquez for most appearances. He helped the national side win two CONCACAF Gold Cups, the 1999 Confederations Cup, and also played in two World Cups.

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Gerardo Torrado, 146

With 146 caps, defensive midfielder Gerardo Torrado played fourteen years and three World Cups for Mexico. His international awards include a 1999 Confederations Cup trophy and two CONCACAF Gold Cups in 2009 and 2011.

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Rafael Márquez, 146

A dependable and skillful defender, Rafael Marquez has played nearly 150 games with Mexico, becoming the first player to captain a national side in 4 World Cups. Marquez played in 2018 World Cup in Russia where the team lost to Brazil in the round of 16 — he’s only the fourth player in history to participate in five World Cups in addition to compatriot Antonio Carbajal.

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Jorge Campos, 130

Campos played in two World Cups with Mexico’s goalie, collecting 130 caps throughout his international career. Standing at only 5’6 but playing like an acrobatic six-footer, Campos sported some of the flashiest and baggiest colored kits that made a pleasure to watch.

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Carlos Salcido, 124

With 124 caps, defender Carlos Salcido’s career for El Tri spanned a decade where he played in three World Cups and three Gold Cups. In addition to a 2011 Gold Cup trophy, he also helped his team win gold in the Summer Olympics 2012.

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Ramón Ramírez, 121

Ramón Ramírez played nearly a decade for El Tri as a midfielder where he was part of the sides that won the CONCACAF Gold Cup three times (1993, 1996, and 1998). He also played in two World Cups, playing an important role in the 1994 side that went all the way to the Round of 16 before losing to Bulgaria.

 

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Cuauhtémoc Blanco, 120

The forward Cuauhtémoc Blanco made 120 appearances for the Mexican side, slotting in 39 goals. He’s scored in three different World Cups (1998, 2002, and 2010), and won the Confederations Cup in 1999 where he scored six goals. With an additional three goals from the 1997 Confederations Cup, he holds the record with Ronaldinho for most goals ever scored during a Confederations Cup.

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Alberto García-Aspe, 109

Playing in three FIFA World Cup tournaments, García Aspe ended up with 109 caps and 21 goals. A true midfield playmaker, he became the first Mexican to score at two different World Cups. He also played on the 1999 Confederations Cup team.

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Javier Hernández, 105

Javier Hernández, commonly known by his nickname Chicharito or ‘little pea,’ is the top scorer for the national side. Known for his great anticipation in front of goal, he’s netted 50 goals in 105 appearances with El Tri.

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