Mexico football legend Antonio Carbajal dies at 93
Antonio Carbajal, the legendary Mexican footballer known as “La Tota,” has passed away at the age of 93. Carbajal made history as the first Mexican player to participate in five World Cup tournaments, representing his country between 1950 and 1966.
Antonio Carbajal, fondly known as “La Tota,” passed away at the age of 93, leaving behind a remarkable legacy in Mexican football. Carbajal played for Mexico between 1950 and 1966, earning 11 World Cup appearances and playing a crucial role in the team’s quarterfinal finish at the 1958 World Cup.
He is most renowned for his historic five World Cup appearances, a record shared by only two other footballers to date: Lothar Matthäus of Germany in 1998 and Mexico’s Rafael Márquez in 2018.
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Born in Mexico City in 1929, Antonio Carbajal began his professional football journey with Club León in 1950, before going on to represent other prominent Mexican clubs, including Club América and Cruz Azul. After retiring from professional football in 1968, Carbajal ventured into coaching and management roles, leaving a significant impact on the Mexican football landscape. From 1988 to 1994, he also served as the president of the Mexican Football Federation, cementing his status as a revered figure in Mexican football history.
some of Antonio Carbajal’s achievements:
- First Mexican player to appear in five World Cups
- Member of the Mexico team that reached the quarterfinals of the 1958 World Cup
- Mexican Football Federation President (1988-1994)
- Inducted into the Mexican Football Hall of Fame (1998)