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Rafael Márquez

Rafael Marquez
Personal information
Full nameRafael Márquez Alvarez
Date of birth13 February 1979(age 38)
Place of birthZamora, Michoacán, Mexico
Height1.82 m
Playing positionCentre back / Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current clubNew York Red Bulls

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This article is about the New York Red Bulls defender. For the Mexican footballer who currently plays for Morelia, please see Rafael Márquez Lugo. For the Mexican boxer, see Rafael Márquez (boxer).

Rafael Márquez Álvarez (born 13 February 1979 in Zamora, Michoacán) is a Mexican footballer, playing for New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer. He plays as a centre back or defensive midfielder.

After spending over a decade playing in France and Spain, he was widely considered one of the best central defenders in the world. Márquez is also considered one of the best Mexican defenders of all time. He won numerous titles with Monaco and FC Barcelona. After winning the 2006 UEFA Champions League with Barcelona, he became the first Mexican to win the honour, something Mexican legend Hugo Sánchez was not able to do while playing for Real Madrid.

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