Rafael Marquez (center) was honored on March 24, 2017, for his 20 years of playing with Mexico. (Photo: Adid Jimenez/Straffon Images)
MEXICO CITY – Prior to Friday’s World Cup qualifier against visiting Costa Rica, Mexico star Rafael Marquez was honored by the Federación Mexicana de Fútbol for his 20 years of service to the national team.
The 38-year-old defender, who made his Tricolor debut against Ecuador on February 5, 1997, has appeared in 137 games and scored 17 goals.
With Mexico, Marquez has played in four straight FIFA World Cups (2002, 2006, 2010, 2014), won two CONCACAF Gold Cups (2003, 2011) and captured a FIFA Confederations Cup (1999).