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Ex-Barcelona Star’s Mother Is Going Into Politics

The mother of former Barcelona defender Rafa Marquez is now involved in politics.

More and more people in Mexican football are getting involved in running the country, and what was once a slow drip is now threatening to become a torrent after Rafa Marquez’s mum confirmed she would enter the political world.

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It seems to be a trend in Mexico for football-related personalities to end their careers in politics.

According to Excelsior, Rosa Alicia Alvarez Piñones – Marquez’s mum – was registered by a political party to allow her to contest the state elections on June 7th. She is a candidate to become the Federal Deputy for the electoral district of Zamora, Michoacan. She has been part of the Ministry of Tourism for the state since March 2012.

To her credit, Ms Alvarez Piñones has undertaken several philanthropic endeavours in the past with Rafa, such as providing breakfasts and lunches to underprivileged children and participating in numerous fundraisers and charity events.

In 2014, Rafa Marquez made history by becoming the first player in the world to captain his national team in four consecutive editions of the World Cup – 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014. He is also the Mexican player with most appearances at the World Cup, having played 16 times.

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