Mexico has had a very long list of defenders in the past, including people like Horacio Casarín, who since the 1950s has been considered the greatest defender the country has ever seen. Now, however, there are many who consider Rafael Marquez to be the greatest the country has ever had. The professional footballer played for the Mexican national team and the Atlas until the end of the 2017/2018 season. Here you will find everything you need to know about Rafa Marquez.
Rafael Marquez Biography and Age
It was on February 13, 1979, when the legendary Mexican defender was born as Rafael Márquez Álvarez in the Mexican city of Zamora de Hidalgo, Michoacán. There he was raised by his father Rafael Márquez Esqueda, who, not surprisingly, was a professional player and defender alongside his mother Rosa Maria Álvarez.
Although not much is known about his private life and upbringing, the star defender began playing football as a child, following his father’s influence.
Rafael has grown very close to his mother, who, like the player, has been associated with drug trafficking, although both have always denied it.
Club Football Career
The defender began his football career in 1992 as a young footballer in the youth team of Atlas. In 1996 he was promoted to the senior national team of the club. He left Atlas in 1999 and went to Monaco, where he was to play until 2003 when he moved to Barcelona.
At the Spanish giant, he played as a central defender, which was his best position. With his help, the club won 4 La Liga titles, 2 UEFA Champions League and Supercopa de España titles, 1 FIFA Club World Cup, and a Copa del Rey.
In 2010 he left Barcelona and went to America to play for the New York Red Bulls. He played in Major League Soccer until 2013 when he returned to Mexico to play for Leon in 2013 and Hellas Verona in 2014. After playing until the peak of his career, he returned to Atlas in 2016, where he played until 2018 when he decided that it was time to retire from club football at the age of 39.
The legendary player was first married to the Mexican actress and television star Adriana Lavat in 2001. The two married in 2001, but the marriage could not survive beyond 2007 as it ended in a divorce quite quickly.
The next time he would marry was in 2011. Also this time he married the actress and model Jayde Michel. Since then they have been together as a couple.
From the two marriages, Rafaela Marquez has two children, Rafaela Márquez and Santiago Rafael Márquez, both born to him by his first wife.
National Football Career
While most players start playing for their national team at a lower level, Rafa Marquez started playing for the senior national team in 1997, and in 1999 he was invited to play for the U-19 team as well.
Before receiving an invitation to play for the country at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Rafa Marquez had already played 143 matches for the team, scoring 19 goals in the process.
During his career in the Mexican national team, the former Barcelona player has set many records, including playing in all the World Cups the country has played in since the Korea-Japan 2002 World Cup.
The interesting thing about his first participation in world championships is that although he was only 23 years old, he was named captain of the team. He was also very significant during the 2006 event, just like everyone else afterward.
After playing an important role in qualifying the team for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, he was reappointed to represent the country with which he will be only the third player in the history of the tournament to participate in five World Cups. Antonio Carbajal and Lothar Matthäus are the only two players to have reached the milestone in the 1966 and 1998 World Cups respectively.
Marquez has won a number of titles for his country, including the FIFA Confederations Cup, CONCACAF Gold Cup, and CONCACAF Cup.
Height, Weight, and Measurements
One thing that has remained known about the Mexican defender is that age doesn’t seem to rust him, as he has always been important to keep the goalpost safe. One of the things that have helped him in this, apart from his skills, is his physique. As for his body measurements, he is 5 feet 10 inches (1.82 m) tall and weighs 165 lbs (75 kg).