It is now finally official, Blanco will retire in April to start a new career in politics.
Blanco’s last game will be on 18th April (Week 14 of the Clausura), when he will line up against Atlas. The match could be a vital one for his side Puebla, who are currently struggling hard against relegation to Mexico’s second division.
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“In April I will say goodbye to football, and now the most important thing is to be with the people,” said Blanco during a tour of various areas of Cuernavaca – the city in which he will become mayor.
He needs to end to his career no later than 18th April so he can start his political campaign 20th April. The Liga MX asked Blanco to choose between football and politics – banning him from holding public office while he was also a professional footballer.
It means after more than 600 club games and 120 Mexico caps he has just 8 games remaining in his unmatched career. They are; Monterrey, Morelia, Queretaro, Chiapas, Chivas, Pumas, Toluca, and Leones Negros.
Blanco started his career with Club America, who he joined in 1992 and soon became the idol of their fans. He also played for Necaxa, Real Valladolid, Veracruz, Chicago Fire, Veracruz, Irapuato, Sinaloa, BUAP and Puebla. He is the second leading goal-scorer of all time for the Mexican national team and he is tied with Ronaldinho as the all time leading goal-scorer in the Confederations Cup.