Hector Herrera is a Mexican football star who has a story to tell. He came straight from nowhere and became the backbone of the Mexican national team (El Tri). The midfield maestro is also a double captain; he is the captain of his current club team, F.C. Porto, and also captain of El Tri. How much of his history do you know? Read on. We take you on a journey through everything you need to know about Hector Herrera.
Hector Herrera’s Bio
Hector Herrera was born on 19 April 1990 in Tijuana, Mexico, as Héctor Miguel Herrera López. He was born on April 19, his star sign is Aries. His father is Miguel Herrera, while his mother is Maria Lopez. There is no information about their siblings or his early life. Details about his school and university education are also unknown. Herrera is of Spanish descent and has Mexican citizenship.
Hector Herrera has played football for several clubs around the world. Because of his playing style, he can be described as a midfielder who plays from box to box. Predominantly used in the defensive midfield position, Herrera has made it his mission to anticipate and eliminate the danger of attack from his opponents. He has a knack for shooting at the opponent’s goal from a great distance. He is also known for his great strength in hard tackling and his ability to distribute the ball masterfully across the field.
Herrera began his football career in 2007, playing in the obscure second division for a team called Arroceros de Cuautla, based in the central state of Morelos. There he was discovered by C.F. Pachuca, who signed him and then sent him on loan to a smaller club called Tampico Madero, also known as ‘Los Jaibos’, meaning ‘the crabs’ in the Gulf state of Tamaulipas. He played there for a year before his team was unfortunately excluded from the league due to non-payment of membership fees. This was a hard blow for the club, as he had already qualified for the title. With this, he returned to Pachuca.
Pachuca and F.C. Porto
His first professional club is C.F. Pachuca, a professional club in the MX league based in Pachuca, Mexico. He started playing in the youth teams before he was promoted to their senior national team. Herrera played his first game (debut) with the first team of Pachuca on 21 July 2010 when he was only 19 years old. It was a game against Chivas USA that they (Pachuca) lost by a narrow margin – a single goal.
After 52 appearances (and two goals) for C.F. Pachuca in his two seasons with Portuguese football club Liga MX, F.C. Porto came into action. In June 2013 Herrera transferred to F.C. Porto and received a fee in the region of 8 million euros. In his debut season, he scored three league goals in 17 appearances for Porto, while completing 33 appearances in all competitions for the Portuguese team.
He won the club’s Player of the Year award for the 2014-15 season and has also won the Portuguese League award with the club. He currently plays for Porto, and his goals so far (from a defensive midfield position) have resulted in double figures for the club in over 100 appearances. As part of his efforts, he wore the captain’s armband several times temporarily before being appointed permanent captain of the club in 2015.
Mexico National Team Career
Herrera began his career in the national team with the U23 selection. Then U23 coach Luis Fernando appointed him to the rest of the squad for the CONCACAF Zone qualifying round for the 2012 Olympics and the subsequent event in 2012. His side won the football gold medal of the tournament by defeating Brazil 2-1 in the final to claim the gold medal. He was voted the most outstanding player of the Toulon tournament because he was a member of the B national team that won the competition that same year (2012).
After his success with the Mexican U23 team, Hector Herrera was appointed to the senior national team in 2012. He has participated with the national team in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and the Copa América Centenario and has scored three goals so far. After a fruitful 2017-18 season with his club F.C. Porto, he has been accepted into the squad that will show the flag at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Family – Wife, Kids
Hector Herrera married his long-time partner Shantal Mato in 2015. Herrera and Mato were already together before his career blossomed and the couple had a son named Héctor David Herrera in 2012. They have another daughter who came after their marriage, but her name is not known.
Height, Weight, Body Measurements
Hector Herrera is a soccer player who has the right body frame for his job. He is athletically built, 1.80 m tall, and 68 kg. His body measurements are not available, but his hair color is brown and his eyes are brown.
Other Facts About Hector Herrera
The educational background of Hector Herrera is not known. It is only known that he only completed secondary school.
Herera is the captain of his club team, F.C. Porto, and captain of the Mexican national team, also known as El Tri.
His move from C.F. Pachuca to F.C. Porto was led by Nicholas “Nicky” Blair, son of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Nicky discovered Herrera during Mexico’s run for the gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics and followed him to Pachuca, where he initiated the multi-million dollar movie.
His transfer at the time from C.F. Pachuca to F.C. Porto was the most expensive for a Mexican, as Porto had to raise the sum of 10.5 million dollars (8 million euros) to get his man. That was more expensive than the $9.5 million that Manchester United paid in 2010 for Javier Hernandez, also known as “Chicharito”.
Hector Herrera has been compared to the legend of Argentina and Boca Juniors, Juan Román Riquelme, for his class and calm demeanor on the pitch, as well as his tact, grace, and agility.
Herrera set an unwanted record in the UEFA Champions League for the fastest time in the UEFA Champions League for two yellow cards. He was sent off in the sixth minute of a UCL match against Russia’s Zenit Saint Petersburg on 22 October 2013.
At the beginning of his football career, his wife Shantal Mato, who was pregnant at the time, asked him to forget football and do something else.