Rafael Marquez: Mexico World Cup captain revealed amid links to cartel leader Raul Flores Hernandez

Rafael Marquez: Mexico World Cup captain revealed amid links to cartel leader Raul Flores Hernandez

Veteran Mexican footballer Rafael Marquez was recently by the United States of laundering money for a notorious drug cartel – something he can’t escape at the now underway in .

The defender was blacklisted by the United States Treasury Department last year over his purported links to alleged drug trafficker Raul Flores Hernandez. Though still competing at his fifth World Cup in Russia, Marquez has been avoided by sponsors and subject to intense media scrutiny.

But just who exactly is Rafael Marquez? Here’s all you need to know about who the Mexican football star is, his age, , how he makes his money, family and allegations of ties to a Mexican drug cartel.

Who is Rafael Marquez?

Rafael Marquez is a professional footballer from currently competing at the 2018 World Cup. He’s one of only a small handful of players to compete in five World Cups and known as one of the best defenders in the history of Mexican football.

Marquez was born in Zamora, Michoacan, Mexico on February 13, 1979.

He started his youth career with Atlas, playing for the Mexican club from 1992 to 1996. He later played professionally for the club from 1996 to 1999 before playing for Monaco from 1999 to 2003 and later to , helping the storied club defeat in the 2006 UEFA Final.

After playing with Barcelona until 2010, Marquez signed with the Red Bulls in 2010 and later returned to his native Mexico to play for Leon in 2013. After a stint with Hellas Verona in from 2014 to 2015, he returned back to Atlas where he got his start, playing with the club from 2016 until announcing his in April 2018.

Marquez is notable for being one of only a few players to compete in five consecutive World Cups and also holds the record for the Mexican national team for the most World Cup matches played at 16.

How old is Rafael Marquez?

Rafael Marquez is 39 years old.

He was born on February 13, 1979.

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What is Rafael Marquez’s net worth?

According to , Marquez’s net worth is thought to be about $25 million (£18.8 million).

How does Rafael Marquez make his money?

Most of the Mexican football star’s wealth is derived from his longtime success on the pitch.

He’s played professionally since 1996, competing for clubs like Atlas, Barcelona and the New York Red Bulls. He’s also one of only three players in history to play in five World Cups and has also represented Mexico at the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2000, 2003 and 2011, and in the Copa America Centenario in 2016.

His recent blacklisting by the U.S. Treasury Department has likely impacted his net worth negatively, however. Marquez‘s assets in the United States have been frozen since his sanctioning, while he’s also been from being associated with any American brands, financial institutions or individuals at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, even in a special kit with no sponsor logos on it.

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Who is Rafael Marquez’s wife?

Marquez’s has been married to fashion model and actress Jaydy Michel since January 2011.

He was previously married to actress Adriana Lavat from 2001 to 2007 and has two children with her, Santiago and Rafaela.

Accusations of drug cartel ties

On August 9, 2017, Marquez and 21 other people were sanctioned by the United States Treasury Department under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act for allegedly having links to a drug cartel controlled by Raul Flores Hernandez, who in turn is allegedly tied to the infamous Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.

The allegations, specifically of money laundering for Hernandez, resulted in his blacklisting by the United States, subsequently freezing all of his U.S.-based assets and barring him from playing in the country and being sponsored by or even seen in the presence of American brands.

Marquez has denied the Treasury Department’s allegations and has continued to represent Mexico at the 2018 World Cup. 

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