Miguel Layun is sixth Mexican player to play for Villarreal
Mexico international Miguel Layun just signed a three-year contract with Villareal this Wednesday, July 11. The move will be a big test for the 30-year-old as he will participate in a highly competitive league as well as the UEFA Europa League.
Over the last decade, there have been more Mexican players making the jump to some of Europe’s top leagues. Villarreal is a club that has had a few over the past few years as Miguel Layun is the sixth Mexican player to play for The Yellow Submarine. If you are unfamiliar with the other five here is a rundown of who they are and how they did with the Spanish side.
Antonio De Nigris
De Nigris’ career was unfortunately cut short back in 2009 as he suffered a heart attack and passed away. His loss was tragic to Mexican football as he was one of the few Aztec footballers in Europe at the time and he had also been a solid national team player over the years. De Nigris signed for Villarreal back in 2003 after being a revelation in the Liga MX with Monterrey. The Monterrey-born striker played in just 15 games with The Yellow Submarine and scored just two goals. His time at Villarreal was not memorable, unlike his playing career as a whole, which will always leave its mark.
“El Guille” was born in Argentina, but left his mark in the Liga MX with Monterrey and is one of the few naturalized Mexico national team players in history. Franco was a goalscoring machine with Rayados in Mexico and then joined Villarreal in 2006. “Guille” was a solid player for the Yellow Submarine from 2006-2009 as he made over 80 appearances and scored 14 goals in La Liga, but could have been much better if it were not for injury problems.
Aquino is now playing back in the Liga MX with Tigres UANL, but was at the 2018 FIFA World Cup and is still a relevant name when it comes to the Mexico national team. The 28-year-old played with Villarreal from 2013-2015 and received plenty of playing time as he featured in 44 games, but he scored just one goal in that time. Aquino was a solid player in La Liga and definitely has the talent to make a return to Europe soon.
El lateral @Miguel_layun se convierte en el sexto mexicano en enfundarse la camiseta del #Villarreal 💛. Antes fueron groguets:
🔹 Toño De Nigris
🔹 Guille Franco
¡Bienvenido al museo, cuate 🌯! https://t.co/vZ0XMElMh2 pic.twitter.com/iZ4qoqD5fO
— Villarreal CF (@VillarrealCF) July 11, 2018
Giovani Dos Santos
Javier Aquino was not the only Mexican player on Villarreal from 2013-2015 as Giovani Dos Santos also played in that span with the Spanish side. Gio became a key player on the team and his move to the LA Galaxy came as a huge shock. The Monterrey native scored 12 goals in 57 appearances in La Liga and his career has been on the decline since his departure from the club.
Jonathan Dos Santos
The younger Dos Santos’ brother also played with Villarreal and was also once on the same team with his brother and Javier Aquino. Jonathan played with El Submarino Amarillo from 2014-2017 before rejoining his brother with the LA Galaxy. Dos Santos was a very consistent midfielder in his time in La Liga and definitely left his mark with Villarreal with nearly 90 league appearances.