17 GIFs That Prove There’s Only One Cuauhtémoc Blanco

Mexican soccer icon Cuauhtémoc Blanco is hanging up his cleats. Blanco, who made it out of Tepito — one of Mexico City’s roughest neighborhoods — to become a legend for Club América and the Mexican national team, is retiring after more than 20 years. The 42-year-old, who delighted fans with clutch goals, creative goal celebrations and a quick temper, is retiring to run for mayor of Cuernavaca in the state of Morelos. Cuauhtémoc, we’ll miss you. Here’s why:

He made us gasp, when he did the “Cuauhteminha”


Who had the balls to try this at a World Cup? Cuau did.

And scored this crazy goal at the 1998 World Cup


He took the América-Chivas rivalry very seriously


His celebrations became as entertaining as his goals


Like when he pretended to be a matador


Or peed like a dog after scoring against Felix Fernandez


He also posed in front of his former coach, Ricardo Lavolpe, to piss him off


He showed his Mexican pride with a Zapateado


After scoring a goal against Brazil to win the 1999 Confederations Cup.

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His long running starts when shooting penalties


It took him a while to get there, but he usually scored.

He was a master at “drawing” fouls


No contact didn’t always mean no foul.

But if you ask him, he never committed a foul


He had no problems showing his frustration


For officials AND opponents


And even when he took things too far


You forgave him because he could do things like this


And this


Ah, the rare but effective butt pass.

Best of all, he always knew how to quiet the haters



And he even earned comparisons to Cristiano Ronaldo

Credit: Miguel Miquioreno / YouTube

El Cuau, who is currently playing with Puebla, will say his final good-bye in a Copa MX match against his longtime rival, Chivas of Guadalajara.

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What was your favorite Cuauhtémoc Blanco moment?

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