Rafael Marquez celebrates his 40th birthday today. Twenty years ago, the young Mexican defender left his country to begin a European career. This central gifted defender had the opportunity to play at a higher level. It is under the colors of the Red and White that he discovers the French championship and won it.
From his first season with the club of the Principality, he stands as an indisputable starter in the middle of the defense. This season (1999-2000), he will be crowned champion of France with AS Monaco, while making the semifinals of the Coupe de France.
An exceptional competitor
For his fourth and final season with the Red and White, Marquez was a championship and the club had a flawless season and won the League Cup, facing Sochaux, winning 4-1 (season 2002-2003).
He left AS Monaco in the most beautiful way by winning this trophy. He had a total of 89 appearances for the Red and White. A few days later, the Mexican flew to FC Barcelona.
On July 21, 2018, Rafael Marquez, in a long letter published on Twitter, officially announced his retirement. He emotionally details his career.
— Rafa Marquez (@RafaMarquezMX) July 21, 2018
Thank you for everything, Legend.