And 14 years later, Héctor Moreno returned to play in Liga MX

Sinaloan footballer Héctor Moreno returned to participate in a Liga MX match after almost fourteen years after starting the last day of Mexican soccer with Rayados de Monterrey.

The culichi defender had not played a game in the Mexican league since 2007, when defending the Pumas de la UNAM shirt, he fell against the Atlante Iron Colts in the final. After being runner-up with the felines came the interest of several European teams, being AZ Alkmaar from the Netherlands who took the Aztec center back, this being Moreno’s first stop on a long journey outside of Mexico.

In his second tournament as a starter after debuting with the Pumas, Héctor Moreno came close to being champion with the felines with only 19 years of age. However, in the grand final they ran into an inspired team from Atlante, which in that semester opened a stadium in Cancun and crowned it with the league title, on that distant Sunday, December 9, 2007.

That cold night he starred in the last duel of Héctor Moreno in Mexican soccer, a streak that ended last Saturday, September 11, when the Sinaloan started with Rayados de Monterrey in the defeat they suffered with the Rojinegros del Atlas. Moreno’s absence from Mexican soccer was thirteen years, nine months and two days, one of the longest in the history of Aztec soccer.

After that night in December 2007, Moreno switched to Dutch football after signing with AZ, a club where he stayed for four seasons. Later, Héctor Moreno went to Spain, playing four years for the Spanish of Barcelona. He returned to the Netherlands to play two seasons with PSV, and then he spent six months at Roma in Italy, and a year and a half at Real Sociedad in Spain.

For 2019 he ended his career in Europe and signed with Al-Gharafa SC of the Qatar league.
After shining in European and Qatari football, Héctor Moreno is back in the Mexican league after becoming one of the bombshell signings of the Rayados, who today have five league titles, three more than he counted when Moreno left football Mexican.

Héctor Moreno left Mexican soccer being a promise, and returns more than consolidated by attending three World Cups with the Aztec team (South Africa 2010, Brazil 2014 and Russia 2018).
In his record on the Old Continent, the central Culichi can boast of having been league champion and Dutch super cup with both AZ and PSV.

Héctor Moreno’s absence from Mexican soccer is compared to that of Rafael Márquez, who left the Mexican league in 1999 and returned fourteen years later to don the León shirt. It is worth mentioning that Héctor Moreno is the Sinaloan with the longest career in Europe in history, surpassing Maza Rodríguez, Omar Bravo and Jared Borgetti.


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