Just a few hours after its premiere at the Scream Mexico Closing 2021, America announced to Diego Valdes as the new wearer of the bib 10. Through a video published on its social networks, the club announced that the Chilean, who arrived as a reinforcement in the winter market, will be in charge of wearing the mythical number.
The publication was accompanied by the phrase “Because this shield defends itself with life. We are America ”. In the video, the South American footballer is seen in the azulcrema changing room in front of a shirt with the number 10 and a “vacancy” announcement. It is then that Valdés removes the poster and takes the jacket.
This is how the one born in Santiago de Chile, joins the exclusive group of players who have worn the number in the Americanist institution. Throughout history, names such as those of Eduardo Bacas, Cuauhtémoc White, Salvador Cabins, or more recently Oswaldo Martínez.
The number remains at the disposal of Valdés after the departure of Sebastian Cordova of the team. The eagle youth squad disappointed with the fans’ hope for a new idol. However, this case is only one of the footballers who have not been able to handle the responsibility of carrying a 10 in soccer. Therefore, we review the last players who wore it since the departure of the last great icon in Coapa, Blanco.
The Paraguayan was the successor of Theme. The board took about two years to give the Paraguayan the number after the number was withdrawn for a time in honor of Blanco’s career. Already with the 10, Cabañas continued his splendid career with the azulcremas (Salvador and Cuauhtémoc shared a dressing room since 2006) where he registered 98 goals in 160 games, until his abrupt retirement from the fields due to the attack he suffered.
The Rolfi He arrived in Coapa with great expectations. However, the Argentine could never stand out on the field regarding his quality. With the eagles he played for more than three years and did not get any title. By the end of 2012, he was transferred to the Independiente, in his native Argentina.
Despite not having been a media player, Osvaldito will be remembered as a worthy bearer of the coat 10. Perhaps the least offensive player on this list, the Paraguayan stood out in the midfield during the nearly four years he played for America. In his azulcrema career, he won two Liga MX titles: in the Clausura 2013 and in the Apertura 2014. He is currently a player for the Gallos de Querétaro.
By mid-2016, Cecilio arrived in Coapa from Cerro Porteño, a club with which he stood out on a continental level. However, in Mexican lands, the constant injuries and inconsistency in his level, made Dominguez never establish himself in the institution. After two years, he was transferred to Independiente de Argentina.
Giovani Dos Santos
Formed in the children’s categories and debuted in the first team of Barcelona in Spain, Gio arrived at América after no longer being considered by the LA Galaxy board. His transfer to the eagles represented a great media movement as it was the first professional team in his native country. However, his level was never what was expected. The board did not renew his contract and the older of the Dos Santos remained as a free agent. Today he is without equipment.
The last big disappointment in Coapa. Córdova had the profile that the fans liked to be a new idol: Mexican, young, Americanist youth squad and of great talent. The youth was making a place in the starting line-ups of the team with outstanding performances that led him to be called up to the Mexican National Team.
Interestingly, when he received the 10 his level of play was down. Only a year later, the player was transferred to the UANL Tigres. With the eagles he won a Copa MX title and one more Champion of Champions.