Meet the Mexican Soccer Superstar Raúl Jiménez

Now that the 2022 FIFA World Cup is here, Ral Jiménez needs to put on his headband. The 31-year-old forward plays for Wolverhampton Wanderers in the English Premier League and for Mexico’s national team.

He will be with his country at the tournament. Jiménez had played for Mexico in the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cups, the 2013 and 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cups, the 2013 and 2017 FIFA Confederations Cups, the 2015 Copa América, and the Copa América Centenario.

He started his career in Club América’s youth program. In October 2011, he joined the first team. After playing in Liga MX, Jiménez made a name for himself with Atlético Madrid and SL Benfica.

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In 2018, he joined the Wolves. Jiménez played for the Mexico under-20 and under-23 teams at the same time. In 2013, he was moved up to the senior team. Even though he hurt his head badly, the forward who has been to the World Cup twice shows no signs of weakness when he plays.

Let’s learn more about Jiménez’s life before we watch him try to help Mexico win this year. Here are four notable facts about Jiménez:

Born in the Mexican town of Tepeji

Ral Jiménez was born on May 5, 1991, to a middle-class family in Tepeji, Mexico. He is best known for being in the box. He grew up with two other brothers and sisters. His younger brother, Raul Andre, has also started a football career.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

The Mexican forward plays for the Wolverhampton Wanderers in the English Premier League right now. In June 2018, he joined the club.

During the 2021-22 Premier League season, Jiménez played in most of the Wanderers’ games. He played a total of 2,637 minutes over 34 games. He played in 38 games, 30 of which were as part of the starting lineup. On four other occasions, he came in as a substitute.

In November 2019, Jiménez was the PFA Player of the Month. The striker was also named the 2019-20 Wolverhampton Wanderers Player of the Season. Not only that, but he won the Golden Ball for Mexico at the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Jiménez Won With Club América

His career began when he was a young player for Club América. Before playing for Atlético Madrid in Spain, he won his first championship with Club América in Liga MX in 2013.

He was on an Olympic team that won medals. Coach Luis Fernando Tena chose Jiménez to take part in the Toulon Tournament. The striker was on the under-23 team from Mexico that won a gold medal at the London Olympics in 2012. After beating Turkey 3-0, Mexico won the title.

Jiménez Was Seriously Hurt

On November 29, 2020, during a game against Arsenal, Jiménez hit center-back David Luiz, which broke his skull. His doctors said it was a miracle that he was still alive. Jiménez says he doesn’t remember the crash and now wears a headband with extra padding to his games.

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