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Guardiola, Xavi laud Marquez's 'spectacular career'


Marquez takes director role with Liga MX's Atlas


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Like Messi, size shouldn't hinder Real Betis' Diego Lainez - Rafa Marquez

After reaching the summit with Club America, is a move to a European club up next for Diego Lainez?
Diego Lainez joined Real Betis last week.

Former Barcelona defender Rafa Marquez is backing fellow Mexican Diego Lainez to succeed at Real Betis despite his slight frame, questioning whether Lionel Messi's size has been an impediment to the Argentine.

Lainez signed for Betis from Club America last weekend and a lot is expected from a player projected to be a future El Tri star.

"We've got to give him time and be patient," the 39-year-old Marquez said in an interview with ESPN. "Height? Ask Leo Messi, I don't think [it's an issue]. Without...

 By Tom Marshall

Rafa Marquez: Atlas DNA similar to that of Barcelona

New Atlas sporting president Rafa Marquez wants his club to follow the Barcelona model.

Marquez was formally presented in his new position at his first club Atlas on Tuesday, just weeks after the 39-year-old captained Mexico at his fifth World Cup.

"I'm thankful for the trust placed in me," said Marquez in a news conference. "I'm starting a new stage with the team in which I took my first steps [as a pro] and in which I finished my career.

"It's a team I love and there is a lot of responsibility.


Pep Guardiola, Xavi Hernandez congratulate Rafa Marquez on 'spectacular career'

Former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola and midfielder Xavi Hernandez have lauded Mexican defender Rafa Marquez's career, after the 39-year-old confirmed his retirement in a thank-you letter on Saturday.

Marquez featured for Mexico at the World Cup, but had already retired for club side Atlas and made it known that Russia 2018 would be the end of his career.

Marquez wrote that he felt "very satisfied" with his 22-year career and highlighted that the happy times outweigh the more negative episodes.


Messi, Modric, Ronaldo: Stars who might not feature at 2022 World Cup

The 2018 World Cup is just the beginning for players like Kylian Mbappe, but it might well mark the end of a glittering international career for several players who've either been to several tournaments or just the one. Nick Miller runs through 10 notables who might not be in the mix, or have already ruled themselves out, for 2022.

Rafa Marquez, DF/MF, Mexico: 39 years old

Playing in a World Cup is the highlight of many players' careers. Captaining your country in one is a dream. Rafa Marquez...

 By Tom Marshall

Rafa Marquez to be 'sporting president' at Liga MX club Atlas

Recently retired Mexico international Rafa Marquez will become a director at Liga MX club Atlas, club president Gustavo Guzman has confirmed.

Marquez played for Mexico at Russia 2018 in his fifth World Cup, despite being on the United States Treasury Department blacklist for links to a drug cartel, and will now take up a role at his first club.

"After Mexico went out [of the World Cup], he is taking some days off and in a couple of weeks he will become part of the organization as a director," Guzman...

El Tri's World Cup exit set to spark overhaul of Mexican football

SAMARA, Russia -- After Monday's round of 16 defeat to Brazil, Mexico's federation will work to modify part of its structure for World Cups in Qatar in 2022 and the one it will host jointly with Canada and the United States in 2026.

The loss will almost certainly close several chapters from the highest levels on down, including those of top executive Decio de Maria, manager Juan Carlos Osorio and icon Rafael Marquez, a five-time World Cup participant who had already announced his retirement.