Andres Guardado is a very versatile Mexican star player who plays as a midfielder and a left back. He plies his trade for the country’s national team as well as for the Spanish Side, Real Betis. He has played football since 1993 and through the years he has risen to be very important for both his country and club. Here are things to know about him.
José Andrés Guardado Hernández was the name the footballer was given when he was born on 28 September 1986 in the Mexican capital of Jalisco, Guadalajara. Unlike many other players, there is not a lot that is known about this player as regards his biography.
Nonetheless, his father’s name is Andrés Manuel Guardado while his mother is Teresa Hernández. He began playing football at a very early age so that by the time he was 7, he had already cut his way through as a professional footballer.
Club Football Career
The life of the midfielder as a soccer player began when he joined the Atlas in 1993. He remained with the Youth team until 2005 when the Mexican football club gave him a promotion to play for the senior team which he did until 2007 when he got a move to play for Deportivo La Coruña.
137 games and 23 goals later, he was on his way to another Spanish Club, Valencia in 2012 after signing a 4-year contract. The next move for Andres Guardado was to the Bundesliga where he played on loan for Bayer 04 Leverkusen in 2014. After only 4 games, he moved again on loan to the Netherlands where he played for PSV Eindhoven until 2015 when the deal was made permanent.
Between 2015 when his deal was struck and 2017 when he moved to Betis, he had already played 52 games for the club, having 3 goals to his credit. By the end of the 2017/2018 season with Betis, the Mexican footballer had already had playing time in 28 matches, seeing the back of the next twice.
His club football career can thus far be summarized by Segunda División title and UEFA Intertoto Cup with Deportivo as well as 2 Eredivisie and 2 Johan Cruijff Shield with PSV.
National Football Career
As it is with his career in the Mexican colors, Andres Guardado made his debut at the same time he was transitioning from youth club football to a senior club footballer. The winger began playing for the Mexican senior team in 2005 when he was only 19, without playing for the country’s younger teams.
His first FIFA World Cup appearance was in 2006 when he played in Germany for the country, and he was also at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa where he played until the team was sent out in the last 16 stage. So also, he was at the 2014 event at Brazil.
By the time he was called upon to play for the country at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, he had already won the country’s jersey 144 times and has scored 25 goals.
Even though he has not had his name on any World Cup with the country, just as Mexico is yet to dominate the world at that stage, he has won a number of other trophies including the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2011 and 2015 as well as the CONCACAF Cup in 2015.
Andres Guardado’s Net Worth
In 2017, the deal that had Guardado move to Real Betis was said to be worth over $2 million. That stated, his actual net worth is very much unknown and even though some sources have placed it at an estimated $5 million, there is no real proof to substantiate the amount.
Andres Guardado has been married more than once in the past. The first woman to become his wife was Briana Morales with whom he tied the knot in 2006. Unfortunately for them, the marriage ended only five years later in a divorce.
His next marriage was to Sandra de la Vega. The two have been able to keep everything well hidden as no one is sure of the real year that they got married. That said, they have a son between them named Maximo. He was born in 2015.
Height and Weight
Of course, the build of a footballer, just as it is with any other athlete is very important, but that is just to complement one’s skills. That is true with the wing back who has a good body that helps his skills. He has a weight of 148 lbs (67 kg) and a height of 5 feet 6 inches (1.70m).