Hugo Sanchez

22 10 2010

‘Hugol’ Sanchez’s goal scoring record in Spain stands up to very close scrutiny. 234 goals in 347 appearances makes him the second highest goal scorer in La Liga history. Post war, only Alfredo di Stefano has a better goals to game ratio in the Spanish top flight. 29 goals in 58 appearances for Mexico cements his standing as one the greatest goalscorers of his, or any era.

Sanchez joined Real Madrid from city rivals Atletico in 1985. Real went on to win 5 consecutive La Liga titles, with Sanchez winning the Pichichi (top scorer) trophy in his first three seasons, to add to the same award he won in his last season at Atletico. His most successful season was 1989/90, when he scored a record equalling 38 goals, winning him the European Golden Boot for the first time.

What is particularly pleasing about Hugo Sanchez is that not only was he a great goalscorer he was also a scorer of great goals. Sanchez’s training as a gymnast is visible in both his trademark somersault celebration – and in a catalogue of acrobatic goals. This one is probably his best …

 

Sanchez’s glorious playing career was followed by a chequered managerial one. He had success with Mexican team Club Universidad Nacional, leading them to their first championship in 13 years in 2004. Unfortunately, the success was not sustained and Sanchez resigned in November 2005. A brief spell at Club Nexaca was followed by two years in charge of the Mexican national team. The highlight being a 2-0 victory over Brazil and a 6-0 thumping of Paraguay in the 2007 Copa America, where they would eventually lose out 3-0 to Argentina in the semi-final.

A more comprehensive look at Sanchez’s goals can be seen here. Well worth a watch if you’ve got five minutes to spare and don’t mind the grainy footage. The amount of overhead kicks is quite absurd.

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