Carlos Vela is a professional Mexican soccer player who plays as a striker for the national team of the country. Vela now plays in Major League Soccer (MLS) for FC Los Angeles and has become popular through his participation in various leagues, including the English Premier League, Spanish League, and MLS. Here you can find interesting facts about him.
Carlos Vela’s Biography and Age
He was named Carlos Alberto Vela Garrido when he was born on 1 March 1989 in the city of Cancun, Mexico. Here he grew up alongside his brother Alejandro Vela, who also plays football in the countryside. As you would expect, he began to take an interest in football at a young age when he played with his brother. As time and luck would have it, he managed to form a club much faster than his older brother, and so he began his journey.
Considering that the striker was born in 1989, his real age will probably be just a kick through an open net.
Club Football Career
Carlos Vela began his youth career in Guadalajara in 2002 and played there until 2005 when the youth club Arsenal showed interest in the rising star. This was possible thanks to his participation in the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2005, which Mexico won, and where he was the top scorer.
After joining the Arsenal youth team, he was soon transferred to the main squad but had to be loaned out after a short time due to problems with permits. This led him to Spain, where he played for clubs such as Salamanca and Osasuna before returning to England in 2011 to play for West Bromwich Albion. 8 internationals and 2 goals later, he was sent back to Spain on loan to play for Real Sociedad, who soon made the deal permanent in 2012. From that point until 2017, when he moved to the MLS, he had already scored 54 goals from a total of 184 games.
National Football Career
His national football career began in 2005 with the country’s U-17 national team. The interesting thing is that this changed his career forever, as his performance was one of the main reasons Mexico won the trophy when they beat Brazil 3-1 in the final round. He dedicated his golden boot and the trophy to his father, who was very important to his life as a footballer and who was a footballer himself until he was forced to retire after an injury.
His call to serve the nation in the U-20 team came in 2007 and his time on the team was goalless after 8 games. Nevertheless, he was promoted to the national team in the same year. By the time he was invited to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, he had already scored 18 goals after 67 appearances for the country.
With the Mexican national team, Carlos Vela won a number of trophies including 2 CONCACAF Gold Cup and one CONCACAF Cup.
Carlos Vela’s Wife and Girlfriend
Although there is no record of a wife or that he has ever been married, it is known that the FC Los Angeles winger has a girlfriend and partner in Saioa Cañibano. He met the former sports reporter when he left Real Sociedad and often refers to her as his wife. According to him, after 7 years with the club, he did not get any trophies, but he did get a wife.
Although they had a very private relationship, it is known that together they have a son called Romeo, born in 2017. Before the birth of their son, they already had a daughter.
Height, Weight, and Measurements
Being a very athletic player with good pace and strength, Carlos Vela has both the skills and stamina needed by any player to succeed as a forward as well as support. That said, he is definitely not the tallest on any field, but he will make it to the list of the average standing at a height of 5 feet 8 inches (1.75m).
Furthermore, he has a weight of 66 kg (146 lbs). However, the former Arsenal player’s general body measurements have not been disclosed, although you can be sure that he will make it onto any collection of fit players.