Matches played: 282 official matches
Mexican International: 75 matches
Hugo Sánchez’s finishing was incomparable and he scored goals throughout his career. The statistics show that the Mexican was one of the best forwards in the history of Real Madrid and he was the perfect striker for the team led by the ‘Quinta del Buitre’ (the ‘Vulture Squadron’). Hugo was an integral part of one of the golden periods in the club’s history and is still fondly remembered by the fans for his acrobatic shots and his somersaults after scoring a goal.
He arrived at the Santiago Bernabéu from Atlético de Madrid, where he had started to show his skills as a forward: Hugo came, saw and conquered. In his first season with the Whites, he won the Liga, was top scorer with 22 goals and also won the UEFA Cup in what was just the beginning of a period of sustained success.
Thanks in part to the goal scoring prowess of the Mexican forward, Real Madrid went on to win five consecutive Ligas and dominated Spanish football and they also reached two semi-finals of the European Cup. In addition to his success on a team level, Hugo won individual honours and he picked up four Pichichi trophies for the top scorer in Spanish football to round off a glorious period for the Whites.
He was named the best footballer of the 20th century in North and Central America by the IFFHS, and earned 75 caps for Mexico for whom he played in three World Cups (Argentina, Mexico and the USA) and one Copa America in 1993, in which they finished as runners-up. Just like at Real Madrid, Hugo Sánchez is a legend in his homeland.
1 UEFA Cup
1 Copa del Rey
2 Spanish Super Cups
1 European Golden Boot
4 Pichichi Trophies