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The Chicago Fire star, 35 year old Cuauhtmoc Blanco, officially retired from El Tri after playing five minutes in Wednesday’s victory over Canada on his 100th appearance. He will play one more match at the Estadio Azteca

Days before the Mxico match against Canada, rumors began to circulate on the possible ‚adios‘ of the talented number ’10,‘ Cuauhtmoc Blanco.

Speculation grew on the reasons why, since he was currently in good form, performing well with his club and found himself in the plans of Mxico boss Sven Goran Eriksson.

When he came in as a substitute and was handed the captain’s armband by Rafael Mrquez, the Mxico faithful knew that their idol was saying goodbye.

The forward held a press conference at the end of the match in which he announced his farewell and expressed his thanks.

„I have made my decision, and I will not change it for anything in the world,“ explained a resolute Blanco. „For me it is a dream to play for Mxico, but I believe there is a moment to say goodbye.“

In response to the rumors that his decision was based on internal problems within El Tri, ‚el Cuau‘ dispelled the notion of any factors or differences with the group or coach.

„I think I get along well with everyone“ he said jokingly. He has spoken with Federation officials to allow him to say his final farewell where he lived great moments and got goose bumps every time the crowd cheered his name, the Estadio Azteca.

„I would love to play one last match in Mxico, at the Estadio Azteca,“ added a hopeful Blanco. „To play at least 10 or 15 minutes of an official match, with that I would leave very happy and satisfied.“

After revealing that football is not over for him, by playing a couple more years with Chicago Fire and his desire to finally retire with club Amrica, he sent a message of gratitude to all the fans, coaches and players that made his time with El Tri even more memorable.

„I am extremely grateful with all of them and for the great support they always gave me,“ Blanco added.

The number ’10‘ then mentioned that he would like to be remembered for his „goals in the World Cups, in the Confederations Cup, and all the goals I gave the Seleccin.“

Blanco will most notably be remembered for his trademark move, the ‚Cuauhtemia‘ in France ’98. It is the many talent inspired performances wearing the green jersey, that has earned him the respect and admiration of his country, making him an icon of Mexican football.

Cuauhtmoc Blanco made his Mxico debut in a friendly against Uruguay in 1995, and since then has made a centenary of appearances for El Tri, scoring 34 goals.
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