Cuauhtémoc Blanco

Cuauhtémoc Blanco
Blanco in 2018
Governor of Morelos
Assuming office
1 October 2018
Succeeding Graco Ramírez
Municipal president of Cuernavaca
In office
1 January 2016  2 April 2018
Preceded by Jorge Morales Barud
Succeeded by Denisse Arizmendi Villegas
Personal details
Born Cuauhtémoc Blanco Bravo
(1973-01-17) 17 January 1973
Mexico City, Mexico
Political party Social Encounter Party[upper-alpha 1] (2017–present)
Other political
Social Democratic Party (2015–2016)
Independent (2016–2017)
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Natalia Rezende (m. 2015)
Children Cuauhtémoc, Jr. (b.1996)
Bárbara (b. 2002)

Association football career
Playing position
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–2007 América 333 (135)
1997–1998Necaxa (loan) 28 (13)
2000–2002Real Valladolid (loan) 23 (3)
2004Veracruz (loan) 13 (5)
2007–2009 Chicago Fire 95 (23)
2008Santos Laguna (loan) 4 (1)
2010 Veracruz 14 (5)
2010–2011 Irapuato 49 (9)
2012–2013 Dorados 40 (14)
2013–2014 BUAP 22 (6)
2014–2015 Puebla 19 (3)
2016 América 1 (0)
Total 641 (217)
National team
1995–2014 Mexico 120 (39)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Cuauhtémoc Blanco Bravo (Spanish pronunciation: [kwauˈtemok ˈblaŋko]; born 17 January 1973) is a Mexican politician and former professional footballer who is the current Governor-elect of Morelos under the coalition Juntos Haremos Historia. He will assume the office on 1 October 2018. He formerly served as the municipal president of Cuernavaca, Morelos, under the Social Democratic Party, independent, and Social Encounter Party banners.

As a footballer, Blanco was known for his attacking ability and played most of his career as a deep-lying forward and his last years as an attacking midfielder. Blanco is considered to be one of the greatest Mexican footballers of all time,[2][3][4] as well as one of the best penalty takers of all time.[5]

Blanco is the first Mexican football player with an award in an international FIFA competition, as he won the Silver Ball and the Silver Boot awards in the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup. He has been awarded the MVP of the Mexican Primera División four times. He is tied with Ronaldinho as the all-time leading Confederations Cup goalscorer. Blanco is the third leading goalscorer for the Mexico national team and his debut team Club América. He is also Mexico's third top scorer in the FIFA World Cup and second top scorer in the Copa Libertadores tournament.

Club career

Blanco was born in Tlatilco, but grew up in Tepito, where he learned to love playing football in the local fields. Growing up in a rough environment, Blanco developed a style of play based on creativity. Ángel González, a scout for Club América, discovered him as he won the Torneo Benito Juárez as a part of the Distrito Federal selection team, and brought him to Club América's development program.

Club América

Having played most of his career in Club América, with 333 appearances and 135 goals, Cuauhtémoc has become an idol to the club's supporters and an important figure in the history of the team.

Blanco made his debut in the Mexican Primera División in 1992 at age 19 with Club América. He won his first Golden Boot with 16 goals in the Winter 1998 season for Las Aguilas.

In May 2005, Blanco won his first club championship as a player, leading Club América to its tenth league title, when Club América defeated U.A.G. by an aggregate score of 7–4 (1–1, 6–3). In the next three consecutive years between 2005 and 2007, he was awarded the MVP.

He scored his last goal is this club during the championship final against Pachuca in 2007. After that game he moved to Chicago and played the next two seasons for Chicago Fire.


He was loaned for Winter 1997 and Summer 1998 at Club Necaxa, in which he scored 13 goals in 28 appearances.

Real Valladolid

In the year 2000, after winning the Golden Shoe in the Confederations Cup 1999, Blanco was loaned to Real Valladolid for the 2000–01 campaign. On October of that year in an international WCQ match against Trinidad and Tobago, he received a strong kick from opposing defender Ancil Elcock, breaking his leg and leaving him out of the fields for the next six months.

After the peak of his career was stopped by an injury, he continued in the club for another season (2001–02), in which he struggled with homesickness and regaining his form; after scoring great goals in Spain, including a great free-kick against Real Madrid C.F. at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium,[6] he returned to Mexico.


In the Apertura 2004 he had a successful season with the Tiburones Rojos in which they ended up leaders, Blanco being an important factor. During this season he gained an important following at the port, which led him to come back later on.

Chicago Fire

On 2 April 2007, Blanco ventured on to Major League Soccer in the United States and signed with Chicago Fire. He was welcomed by 5,000 fans at Toyota Park as he conducted interviews with the media, signed autographs and greeted with fans.

He was later voted as a finalist for both the M.V.P. and Newcomer of the Year awards in 2007.[7] Blanco was the 2007 Sierra Mist Goal of the Year Winner which was his first season, goal came in week 20 against RSL.[8]

Blanco was the second-highest paid player in Major League Soccer, after Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham, earning $2.7 million a year.[9] Once again finalist for the M.V.P of the year award.

On 24 July 2008 during the MLS All-Stars vs West Ham United, Blanco won the MVP of the game with one assist and one goal, a game in which he only played 46 minutes. The MLS All-stars won 3–2.

Santos Laguna

On 19 November 2008, it was announced that Santos Laguna signed Blanco on a loan to play only for the Apertura 2008 Liguilla, after the injury of their Ecuadorian striker Christian Benítez. Blanco was formally presented to the press the next day, wearing jersey number 9, and stated that he looks forward to giving Santos a back-to-back championship.[10][11][12] Blanco scored his first goal with Santos Laguna 29 November 2008. It was penalty against San Luis goalkeeper Adrian Martinez in the return game which Santos Laguna won 2–1 and 5–2 aggregate score.

Return to Mexico

In October 2009 Blanco announced he would not be renewing his contract with Chicago Fire and would instead sign with Veracruz of Ascenso MX starting January 2010.[13] However, after 6 months with Veracruz he left for Irapuato FC.[14] Led by Cuauhtemoc Irapuato won Clausura 2011, but the team failed to advance to the Primera División losing to Club Tijuana in the promotional final.

In December 2011, Blanco joined Dorados de Sinaloa of Liga de Ascenso.[15] According to Blanco, this will be the last team he represents.[15] He would like to finish his professional player career playing for Dorados de Sinaloa and later pursue his career as a coach.[15] In Apertura 2012 Dorados de Sinaloa together with Blanco won the Copa MX.

Despite Blanco Bravo announced he would retire after the end of 2012, he changed his mind and played for another 6 months with Dorados. However, after the tournament ended, he did not renew his contract and was released from Dorados on June 2013.

Cuauhtémoc Blanco enrolled with Lobos BUAP for the Apertura 2013 Liga de Ascenso Season.[16] After one year with the club, he did not renewed his contract with BUAP and was released from the club at the end of the season, in which the club failed to qualify for the play-offs.

After considering retirement, 41-year-old Cuauhtémoc officially signed with Puebla F.C. for one season, making it his last effort in Liga MX as an active player. On 21 April 2015, he played his final game in the Copa MX final against C.D. Guadalajara, appearing off the bench at minute 70. Puebla F.C. went on to win the cup and send Cuauhtémoc Blanco off as a champion in the final game of his career.

Return To Club América

On 22 February 2016 it was announced that 43-year old Cuauhtémoc Blanco would participate in an official Liga MX match during the Week 9 of Clausura 2016 for the club that started his career, Club América.[17] It would allow him to officially end his career while playing for the club. On 5 March 2016, Blanco started the match wearing a jersey with number 100 and played 36 minutes for Club América at the Azteca stadium in a match versus Morelia, before being substituted by Darwin Quintero.[18] During the game Cuauhtemoc demonstrated his signature move Cuauhtemiña and had two shots on goal, one of which hit the crossbar from the outside of the penalty box. The match was eventually won by America, 4-1.[19][20]

International career

Blanco has played for Mexico at three World Cups; he was part of the squad at France '98, Korea-Japan 2002 and South Africa 2010. He was also a member of the Mexico team that won the Confederations Cup in 1999 where he was the tournament's leading scorer with six goals, including the winning goal at the Estadio Azteca against Brazil in the final. He was awarded the "Silver Shoe" and "Silver Ball" for outstanding player of the tournament. Blanco holds the record along with Brazilian Ronaldinho as the highest scoring players in the Confederations Cup with nine goals, three in 1997 and six in 1999.

In the selection for the final 23-man squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, then Mexico national team coach Ricardo La Volpe left Blanco out of the team. While the ostensible reason given was that Blanco was frequently injured and not in good form, some people considered this to be a consequence of the previous year's constant bickering, due to on-going personal problems between coach and player.

Blanco became part of the squad that played the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup, scoring one penalty goal, and the 2007 Copa América, where he scored 2 goals also from penalty kicks. On 13 September 2008, he earned his 100th cap for his country in its 2–1 World Cup qualifier victory over Canada at Tuxtla Gutiérrez, coming on with only 15 seconds left in regulation time. After the match, he announced his retirement from international football.[21]

Blanco announced his return to the national team in May 2009. He became a regular member of returning coach Javier Aguirre's squad, playing in all the games throughout the Hexagonal of the World Cup Qualifying. Since then, Blanco has become an important factor in Mexico's team regaining form and confidence.

On 10 October 2009, Blanco provoked the first opposition own goal and scored the second goal in a 4–1 victory over El Salvador to help Mexico clinch a spot in the 2010 World Cup. On 17 June 2010, he scored a penalty in the 78th minute of the 2–0 win against France at the World Cup finals in South Africa.[22] With this goal he became the first Mexican to score a goal in three World Cup tournaments and the third-oldest goalscorer in World Cup history.[23][24]

Blanco played a tribute game in 2014 against Israel at the Estadio Azteca, which symbolized his official retirement from international football. Mexico went on to win the match 3–0.

International goals




Blanco himself has accepted on Mexican television and to the press that his goal celebration is an imitation of the "Archer"[26] celebration created by former Atletico de Madrid striker Kiko Narvaez. In a 2005 interview with Mexican newspaper El Universal, Blanco explains that while watching a Spanish league game accompanied by his teammate Germán Villa, both players agreed to celebrate their next goal by imitating the "Archer" gesture. In the end, only Blanco did it, and jokingly reprimanded Villa for not keeping his word.[27][27] However, the Chicago Fire official website claimed that Blanco celebrates scoring a goal by acting like the Prehispanic Tlatoani Aztec emperor Cuauhtémoc, "in order to show respect for the Mexican people, and their indigenous Amerindian heritage".[28]


Blanco remains remembered for the Cuauhtemiña, or Blanco Trick, which he performed notably at the 1998 World Cup.[29] In the trick, when two or more opposition players are trying to take the ball from him, he traps the ball between his feet and jumps through the defenders- releasing the ball in the air and landing with it under control as he leaves the opposition players behind.[30] The trick is easy to perform but is eye-catching and has been incorporated as a special skill into the FIFA series of football video games.

Career statistics

As of 22 October 2009[31]
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Club SeasonLeague AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals
América 1992–93Primera División120120
Total 113 15 113 15
Necaxa 1997–98 Primera División 156156
1998–99 13 7 13 7
Total 28 13 28 13
América 1998–99 Primera División 16161616
Total 45 40 45 40
Real Valladolid 2000–01La Liga3030
Total 19 4 19 4
América 2002–03Primera División36113611
Total 74 31 74 31
Veracruz 2004–05 Primera División 155155
Total 15 5 15 5
América 2004–05 Primera División 14 4 14 4
Total 76 22 76 22
Chicago Fire 2007Major League Soccer144144
Total 6216426618
Santos Laguna 2008–09 Primera División 4 1 4 1
Total 4 1 4 1
Veracruz 2009–10 Ascenso MX 14 5
Total 14 5
Irapuato 2010–11 Ascenso MX 39 8
2011–12 8 1
Total 47 9
Dorados 2011–12 Ascenso MX 13 5
2012–13 27 9 10 2
Total 40 14 10 2
Lobos BUAP 2013–14 Ascenso MX 22 6 1 0 23 6
Total 22 6 1 0 23 6
Puebla 2014–15 Ascenso MX 19 3 9 4 28 7
Total 19 3 9 4 28 7
América 2015–16 Primera División 1 0
Total 1 0
Career total 595193595193



National teamYearAppsGoals
Mexico 199510








Year Title Role Notes
1998 Gotita de amor Himself
2007 La familia P. Luche Himself
2009 Adidas Y tu qué sientes por ella? Himself
2010 Hasta que el dinero nos separe Himself
2010 Más Color (Laundry detergent of Henkel) Himself Commercial with Consuelo Duval
2010-11 Triunfo del amor Juan José Martínez Televisa telenovela
2011 Pepsi Himself Commercial of his Special Edition product
2014 Pepsi Himself Commercial with Francisco Palencia & Luis Hernández

Political career

Municipal president of Cuernavaca (2015–2018)

In January 2015, Blanco registered as a Social Democratic Party candidate for the municipal presidential elections of the city of Cuernavaca, the capital of the Mexican state of Morelos.[33] In the 2015 legislative elections, he won in a closely contested election, narrowly defeating Maricela Velázquez of the incumbent Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). In a subsequent vote recount Blanco was confirmed a winner of the municipal presidential race.[34][35]

In June 2016, he left the Social Democratic Party and dismissed the secretary of the city council, Roberto Yañez Moreno, which marked the beginning of a dispute between Blanco and the party.[36]

In March 2017, he joined the Social Encounter Party (PES).[37]

Governor-elect of Morelos

The National Regeneration Movement proposed on having Senator Rabindranath Salazar Solorio as the candidate under the coalition Juntos Haremos Historia for the Governor of Morelos in the 2018 elections but PES, also part of the coalition, argued Blanco was the better choice for the coalition's candidate.[38] In December 2015, it was determined there would be an internal vote to see who would become the candidate for the coalition.[39]

On 28 January 2018, Juntos Haremos Historia presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced Blanco would be the coalition's candidate after winning the nominee process against Senator Rabindranath Salazar Solorio.[40] On 11 March 2018 he formally registered to become candidate for Governor of Morelos and on 2 April 2018, he was separated from his post as municipal president of Cuernavaca, succeeded by Denisse Arizmendi Villegas, in order to formally participate in the gubernatorial elections.[41][42] Polls indicated he was in the lead.[43][44]

On 1 July 2018, he won the 2018 gubernatorial elections by a landslide.[45]

Personal life

He appeared on the North American front cover of the FIFA 10 video game along with Frank Lampard and Sacha Kljestan.[46]

See also


  1. He will represent the coalition Juntos Haremos Historia for the 2018 elections


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  3. Villegas Gama, Karla. "Ranking the Best 20 Mexican Players of All Time". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  4. Cleary, Stephen. "Best Mexican Soccer Players of All Time". Cleats. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  5. "The best penalty takers of all time". BARÇA NÚMEROS. 27 March 2018. Retrieved 27 July 2018. According to this analysis and to the dataset we have used, Cuauhtémoc Blanco (71 scored out of 73 total penalties) is our best penalty taker. [...] Also, according to our results, we can say that Blanco is probably the best penalty taker in the world, but we cannot say that with absolute certainty. What we can say is that, from all the players we have considered and according to our methodology, Blanco has the highest probability of being better than the rest (around 66% probability that he is a better penalty taker than Alexander and Le Tissier (and so on).
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  28. "Chicago Fire Player Bio". Chicago Fire S.C. Archived from the original on 25 February 2009. Retrieved 9 May 2009. Blanco is equally creative with his goal celebrations. To honor Mexican tradition and history, Blanco strikes the iconic pose of prehispanic ruler Tlatoani Cuauhtémoc...
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  30. Cuauhtemiña,
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  42. {{url=|work=El Universal|first=Justino|last=Miranda|accessdate=31 July 2018}}
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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Chris Armas
Chicago Fire captain
Succeeded by
C. J. Brown
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