Best Mexican Players Who Moved in the Summer Transfer Window
The summer transfer window has finally closed and with it some of the best Mexican footballers made their way to new clubs. Some went abroad, others stayed in the Liga MX.
Porto, Villarreal, Guadalajara, Santos and Morelia are some of the clubs that decided to disburse money to get their services in an attempt to strengthen their squads.
There are eight footballers in this list, so join me to find out who they are.
Aldo De Nigris
After five seasons with Monterrey, Aldo de Nigris left for Chivas de Guadalajara. This 6-foot player has established himself as one of the most lethal strikers. With Rayados, de Nigris won two Liga MX titles and three CONCACAF Champions Leagues.
The transition to Chivas may not be easy for him. Guadalajara has three other strikers: Carlos Fierro, Rafael Marquez Lugo and Miguel Sabah.
This season, Aldo has appeared three times with his new club, and even though he has not scored, he already has an assist.
Veracruz has surprised many people after eight matchdays. The Tiburones Rojos sit fourth in the general table and Angel Reyna has been key.
The attacking midfielder has scored seven goals of the 13 the club has for. Reyna spent the Clausura 2013 with Pachuca and this summer he joined Veracruz on a loan.
Angel is going through one of the best moments of his career. His creativity and leadership have helped the club to make their way to the Copa Libertadores qualifying zone.
Porto and Diego Reyes announced their agreement back in December, but it was not until this summer that the transfer happened.
Reyes stayed with Club America for the Clausura 2013 and helped the Mexican club secure the title. As soon as the tournament finished, he traveled to Portugal.
Despite being a skinny footballer, Diego has a lot of skills and knows how to keep and control the ball. He is one of the finest Mexican centre-backs and he will surely get a place in the national team for the 2014 World Cup.
Once a regular player for Mexico national team, Elias Hernandez left Tigres on loan. Now he wears the Leon jersey.
Hernandez is a fast and smart attacking midfielder with a gifted right foot. He debuted with Morelia in 2007 and stayed there for four years there before leaving to Pachuca.
Then he spent a couple of years with Tigres, which included 33 appearances, four goals and two assists.
Now, with Leon, Elias is trying to get back in shape to get another chance with El Tri. So far he has played the eight matchdays and has one assist to his count.
After three years playing for Chiapas, Edgar Andrade left Jaguares to join Morelia. This season, Andrade has already scored three times.
He is a very skillful midfielder that can come from the center of the pitch or from the sidelines. Edgar is very unbalancing and strong, and is a very valuable asset on set pieces.
He has played for the national team, both senior and U-17; with the latter he won the 2005 World Cup.
Giovani Dos Santos
Giovani dos Santos landed a four-year contract with recently promoted Villarreal. In the previous season, he appeared 32 times with Mallorca.
Now, with the Yellow Submarine, dos Santos has played three matchdays and has scored twice, helping the club to stay undefeated and atop the general table, along with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid.
Dos Santos' technique is superb, however it has not been fully exploited, mainly because he had a rough patch between his departure from Barcelona and his arrival to Racing de Santander.
If he keeps playing regularly, he will get to his best level yet.
Very little was known about Hector Herrera before 2012, but his performance in the CONCACAF Olympics qualifying tournament and the Toulon Tournament showed the world that he is an outstanding midfielder.
At 23 years old, Herrera will play for Porto for the next four years. The club invested €8 million for 80% of the player's rights, no wonder why they set a €40 million buyout clause.
Herrera made his league debut in Porto's victory over Setubal, on August 18. He is just the second Mexican to sign for the current champions.
Currently a Santos striker, Javier Orozco started playing for Cruz Azul's youth team and made his professional debut at age 17.
He was the top scorer of the 2008 and 2010 CONCACAF Champions League, with seven and 11 goals, respectively.
Before joining Santos, where he has appeared four times and scored once, "Chuletita" played in the 2013 Gold Cup.