The 2022 FIFA World Cup is upon us and that means it’s time for Raúl Jiménez to put on his headband.
The 31-year-old forward, who plays for English Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers and the Mexico national team, will play with his country for the tournament.
Jiménez had represented Mexico at the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cups, the 2013 and 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cups, the 2013 and 2017 FIFA Confederations Cups, the 2015 Copa America and the Copa America Centenario.
He began his career in Club América’s youth system, joining the first team in October 2011. After his Liga MX stint, Jiménez made his mark with La Liga’s Atlético Madrid and Premeira Liga’s SL Benfica before joining Wolves in 2018. At the same time, Jiménez played for Mexico U20 and U23 before being promoted to the senior team in 2013.
And despite a serious head injury, the two-time World Cup participant shows no weakness in terms of play.
Let’s delve deeper into the life of Jiménez before we see how he’s trying to lead Mexico to stardom this year. Here are five notable facts about Jiménez:
He was born in Tepeii, Mexico
Raúl Jiménez, best known for his presence in the box, was born on May 5, 1991 in Tepeji, Mexico to a middle-class family. He grew up with two other siblings and his younger brother Raul Andre has also started a career in football.
He plays for Wolverhampton Wanderers
The Mexican striker currently plays in the English Premier League with Wolverhampton Wanderers. He joined the club in June 2018.
Jiménez appeared in most of Wanderers’ Premier League games during the 2021/22 season. He made a total of 34 appearances and played 2,637 minutes. He was called up in 30 of those appearances in 38 games and made four appearances as a substitute.
Jiménez was PFA Player of the Month in November 2019. The forward was also the Wolverhampton Wanderers Player of the Season in the 2019-20 season. Not to mention, he won the CONCACAF Gold Cup Golden Ball for Mexico in 2019.
Jiménez won his first championship with Club América
His career began playing in Club America’s youth system. He won his first championship with Club América in Liga MX in 2013 before joining Atlético Madrid in Spain.
He was part of a medal-winning Olympic team
Jiménez was chosen by coach Luis Fernando Tena to take part in the Toulon tournament. The forward was part of the Mexico U23 squad that won a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics. Mexico won the title after beating Turkey 3-0.
Jiménez suffered a life-threatening injury
On November 29, 2020, Jiménez suffered a fractured skull after colliding with centre-back David Luiz during a game against Arsenal. His doctors told him it was a miracle he survived. Jiménez says he has no memory of the collision and now wears a headband with reinforced padding for his matches.