Heading to his fourth World Cup performance, Andres Guardado has disclosed that this year’s most awaited tournament in Russia could already be his last.
In an interview, the 31-year-old Mexican stated, “It still feels like my first time and it could well be my last. Most importantly, it’s my last chance to be part of a team that goes down in Mexican football history. That’s my biggest motivation.”
Guardado’s pitch performance has undoubtedly evolved through the years, not only in assuming more leadership on the field but also in the job he’s expected to fill.
“I used to be more of a box-to-box player, who took people on and got on the end of moves. Now, I’m a central midfielder and hold my position more; I bring balance to the team.
“What’s still the same, though, is my hunger, my drive to win both individually and as a team. That’s what’s kept me at the highest level.”
According to Mexico national club manager Juan Carlos Osorio, Guardado will keep a pivotal role in the summer’s competition (check out the best betting tips).
However, the star also admitted that some World Cup tournaments had left him in frustration. He had a brief role in 2006 and was frustrated with his playing time from then-manager Javier Aguirre in the 2010 competition in South Africa.
Four years later, it was a big contrast with Miguel Herrera relying on Guardado as El Tri made it out of a group with host Brazil. Guardado scored Mexco’s second goal of a 3-1 group victory over Brazil and said it’s a memory he’ll always keep with him.
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