For the first time in history, two players from the same team have featured in five consecutive World Cups. Guillermo Ochoa and Andres Guardado from Mexico have made history by being part of Mexico’s World Cup squad.
The two veterans made their international debuts 17 years ago in a 2-0 friendly win over Hungary in 2005. Since then, they have become key players for Mexico and legends of the tournament, especially the frizzy-haired Ochoa.
Both players also join an exclusive club of players who have featured in five separate World Cups.
Gianluigi Buffon, Rafa Márquez, Lothar Matthaus, and Antonio Carbajal are the original members but are being joined by Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ochoa and Guardado.
With Mexico’s roster release today, Guardado and Ochoa join Ronaldo and Messi as players who will make a FIFTH consecutive FIFA World Cup appearance 😳 🌎 pic.twitter.com/vJKXkXwpJp
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) November 14, 2022
Before the tournament started there were only four members when it finishes there will be eight.
Mexico require both of their veterans to perform at the best of their abilities if they stand a chance of getting out of a highly contested group. With a win over Poland they can put themselves level on points with Saudi Arabia and in pole position to qualify.