Rafael Marquez, a step closer to playing in his fifth World Cup
This Monday, May 14, Juan Carlos Osorio announced his 28-man preliminary roster ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. There were not many surprises within the roster as most of the same core of players that Osorio had been using for the Mexico national team stayed consistent.
Before the announcement of this preliminary roster, it had been reported by several media outlets that Rafael Marquez was headed to Russia. While this seemed like reliable information it was still unclear if the immortal Mexico captain was headed to the World Cup, particularly because of off the field issues.
Well, “El Kaiser” was included in Osorio’s 28-man preliminary roster and is now a step closer to playing at the highest level of football the world has to offer this summer. This would be Marquez’s fifth World Cup, which would put him into an elite class of players that have had the luxury of playing in five World Cup competitions.
BREAKING NEWS: Rafa Marquez will participate in Russia 2018. This will be his 5th World Cup and his 5th as a captain 🇲🇽 pic.twitter.com/wBloOMOiBQ
— #SoyHechoEn🇲🇽 (@eltri_united) May 10, 2018
The only other players that have achieved this feat are Gianluigi Buffon for Italy, Lothar Matthaus for Germany and Marquez’s fellow countryman Antonio Carbajal. Marquez’s ability on the field is definitely questionable at this stage of his career, but his leadership and experience is still something of value for a World Cup team.