Name: Guillermo Ochoa
Club: AC Ajaccio (soon to be a free agent)
International Caps: 60
Ochoa became something of an overnight internet sensation after his Man of the Match performance in the recent 0-0 draw with Brazil. At times, the 28 year old’s heroics single-handedly kept Neymar and company at bay. A free agent this summer, the goalkeeper has been linked with a number of La Liga sides as well as Arsenal and Liverpool. The Mexican will likely have to be on top form again this afternoon if his country are to progress this afternoon against the Netherlands.
Somewhat bizarrely for a goalkeeper, Ochoa enjoys something of a celebrity following in his homeland. With this superstar status and talent from an early age, the 28 year old has been linked frequently with Europe’s elite sides before and even after his move to the French minnows.
The Mexico has impressed in his time in Ligue 1, establishing himself as one of the leading shot-stoppers in the division. Boasting remarkable reflexes and great flexibility, Ochoa has often proven the difference in grinding out draws or victories for Ajaccio. The 28 year old has also proven himself to have the useful knack of saving penalties. Ochoa’s stop from Neymar’s header at the World Cup went viral on social media and was dubbed by many as a wonder save.
Despite all of this current overwhelming praise from the worldwide media, it should be noted that the Mexican is human after all and has been guilty of costly errors in his time in France. Those stumbling over themselves to label him as a “superman” should perhaps watch the mistakes committed against Lille and Nantes recently before lavishing such praise.
Nevertheless, Ochoa’s form for Ajaccio and now for Mexico on the biggest stage has quite rightly attracted attention. With Simon Mignolet and Pepe Reina currently on Liverpool’s books, a move to Arsenal would seem a more logical fit for both parties. After Lukasz Fabianski’s departure, the Gunners’ are in need of another goalkeeper and the Mexican would provide a strong challenge to Wojciech Szczesny to the number one spot at the Emirates Stadium.