Cuauhtemoc Blanco, one of Mexico’s proudest sons, took a final bow in his final match in Mexico colors at the Estadio Azteca.
It was an emotional testimonial for the 41-year-old schemer, though it also signaled an ominous sign for El Tri fans right before the 2014 World Cup kicks off in two weeks time.
Blanco, who earned the starting nod for Mexico against Israel on Wednesday night, got a full 38 minutes and was arguably El Tri’s best player on the pitch. And Twitter agreed:
Right now Cuauhtemoc Blanco is doing a better job holding up play to set up offense better than Jozy Altidore. And I’m not joking— Jorge Arangure (@jorgearangure)May 29, 2014
— Thomas Hautmann (@HautmannOnFOX)May 29, 2014
Cuauhtémoc Blanco doesn’t look out of place at all right now. Miguel Herrera picked his tribute game well. | Mexico 0-0 Israel | 25’— Liviu Bird (@liviubird)May 29, 2014
Blanco undoubtedly served as the center of attention in Mexico’s superfluous 3-0 victory over the Israel and as the rallying point for El Tri’s final match on home soil. The former Club America legend relished the opportunity to play his part one last time.
Yet somewhere in the world, you can’t help but think that Group A rivals Brazil, Cameroon and Croatia are licking their chops.
Image provided by Mexsport Agencia Fotográfica.