Who is Guillermo Ochoa?

Guillermo Ochoa is a Mexican football player who plays as the goalkeeper. His jersey name has the number 13 on it, yet he manages to bring luck and talent every time he plays.

The thirty-six-year-old footballer is considered one of the best goalkeepers over the past two decades. Moreover, he was the only Mexican player shortlisted for FIFA Ballon d’Or. 

Guillermo Ochoa is also the captain of América FC and has played for Mexico’s national football teams for three world cups now. Due to his excellent football talent has won many awards like the 2005 Campeón de Campeones, the 2006 CONCACAF Champions, the Golden Glove awards, etc.

Guillermo Ochoa Biography
Guillermo Ochoa Biography

quick facts

Full NameFrancisco Guillermo Ochoa Magaña
NicknameGuillermo Ochoa/ Memo
BirthdayJuly 13, 1985
Age 37 years old
Sun SignCancer
TraitsPositive: Loving, considerate, and nurturing
Negative: Oversensitive, manipulative, and holds grudges
BirthplaceGuadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Currently residingMexico City, Mexico
NationalityMexican
EducationFootball Management Degree from Johan Cruyff Institute
ParentsGuillermo Ochoa Sánchez (Father)
Natalia Magaña Orozco (Mother)
SiblingsAna Laura Ochoa Magaña (Sister)
Height6 feet (1.85 m)
Weight78 kg (170 lbs)
HobbyPlaying football
Eye ColorBrown
Marital StatusMarried
Spouse Name Dulce María (Ex-Girlfriend)
Karla Mora (Wife)
ChildrenLucciana Ochoa Mora (Daughter)
Guillermo Ochoa Jr. (Son)
Karlita Ochoa (Daughter)
Profession Football player
Net worthUSD 5 million

Interesting Facts

  • In 2005, Guillermo won the Mexico Cup.
  • The Mexican footballer has a nickname, Memo Ochoa.
  • Guillermo was born on Friday, the 13th. Even though the number is considered to be unlucky, it hasn’t been unlucky for him. Moreover, his World Cup debut was on June 13, 2014.
  • His jersey’s number is 13.
  • So far, the footballer has been on three FIFA World Cups.
  • In 2007, he became the first Mexcian footballer to be shortlisted for FIFA Ballon d’Or. However, he only had one vote and was in the last place.
  • Ochoa became the man of the match in two world cup games in Brazil World Cup.
  • He has never played in a European club competition.
  • Leo Beenhakker coached him. Leo was the former coach of the Real Madrid football club.

Guillermo Ochoa Early life and Childhood

On July 13, 1985, Guillermo Ochoa was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Later on, he moved to Mexico City with his family.

Ochoa helped his parents with their bakery shop and played football during his free time. Moreover, he used to play football with his sister and local kids. As a result, they called him memo as a nickname.

Guillermo Ochoa with his wife, Karla Mora
Guillermo Ochoa with his wife, Karla Mora

G. Ochoa also received a Football Management Degree from Johan Cruyff Institute.

Parents

Guillermo was named after his father, Guillermo Ochoa Sánchez as he is the only son of his father and mother, Natalia Magaña Orozco. They had two children, a son, Guillermo, and a daughter Ana. Moreover, they owned a bakery shop in Mexico City.

Guillermo’s Siblings

Ana Laura Ochoa Magaña (Sister)

The Mexican football player has only one sibling. In addition, he has a sister named Ana Laura Ochoa Magaña. They played football together when they were younger and helped their parents out with the bakery business.

Ana Laura is believed to be three years younger than the player. Moreover, she is a tennis player.

Guillermo Ochoa Romantic Affairs and Relationship

Dulce María (Ex-Girlfriend)

Dulce María and Guillermo began dating in 2005. However, after a year, the couple split. In addition, Ochoa moved to France.

Dulce is a very famous icon in Mexico. She is a singer, actress, songwriter, author. Moreover, her work and fame have reached outside of Mexico too. In addition, the singer has won international awards like Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, People en Español Award, MTV Europe Music Award, Premios Juventud, etc.

Karla Mora (Wife)

Karla Mora is a Mexican model and a designer. She is a beautiful woman with blonde hair and dark brown eyes.

The model is a very good friend of Regina Padilla, the wife of the Mexican player Gerardo Torrado. Gerardo used to play football as a defensive midfielder. After retirement, he is the sporting director of the Mexican Football Federation.

Regina made sure Karla met Guillermo as the girls were friends as she had a massive crush on the footballer. They met in the 2010 Work Cup in South America. Moreover, after their meeting, things started to accelerate, and therefore the couple began dating.

Guillermo Ochoa with his wife and kids
Guillermo Ochoa with his wife and kids

After being in a relationship for seven years, the couple tied the knot in 2017 in Ibiza, Spain. The wedding was private, but all the greatest football players were invited. Together, the couple has three beautiful children.

Karla Mora on dealing with Death Threats

It is very common when a national team performs poorly in an international game, yet the team player’s wife is blamed. Unfortunately, Karla, Guillermo’s wife, had to face the same thing.

In November 2021, the national football team of Mexico was in Qatar for the qualification of the 2022 World Cup. But unfortunately, the team did not perform well in those matches, making the Mexican fans furious.

And this is where the fans crossed the line. They began to send death threats to the wife of Mexico’s goalkeeper, Memo Ochoa. As per the fans, they wanted to punish the goalkeeper for his performance during the game of Mexico against the U.S.A. and Canada. 

Moreover, the media got hold of this news after the model revealed her situation. Furthermore, she dealt with the death threat in a very graceful manner. She posted a family picture on her Instagram account and captioned it by talking about hate not being a solution.

Guillermo Ochoa Children 

Lucciana Ochoa Mora is the first child of footballer Memo and model Karla. Moreover, she was born on February 8, 2013, in Corsica.

On April 3, 2015, the couple welcomed their son, Guillermo Ochoa Jr.

The pair had another daughter, Karlita Ochoa in May 2019.

Career

Ochoa was only 18 when he played for América FC in the Clausura 2004 tournament. Moreover, the former coach of Real Madrid, Leo Beenhakker, coached him. Guillermo was a very talented player, and he even won the Rookie of the Tournament award after the end of his first season.

After this, many coaches became involved, like Oscar Ruggeri, who didn’t play well. But after six months, a new coach, Mario Carrillo, came into leadership. Under Carillo’s coachmanship, Ochoa won his first championship with América and two other awards.

He earned many honors and respect while playing for this team. But in 2011, he moved to another, Ajaccio F.C. The footballer joined this team under a three-year contract while keeping one-year optional.

In August 2014, Ochoa signed a three-year contract with Málaga, a Spanish La Liga club. After completing his contract, in 2017, he left the club and was transferred to Standard Liège for three years.

Memo playing
Memo Ochoa playing

And on August 5, 2019, Guillermo returned to the club América. Moreover, he signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with the club. It was also revealed that Ochoa is the highest-paid Mexican player in Liga MX. His jersey number is six here. Moreover, he wore his captain armband for the first time on August 29, 2020.

Ochoa’s first international debut was in 2004 for the Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. He returned to the Olympics later in 2020 in Tokyo. Guillermo has also been in three World Cups. Moreover, he was last seen playing for his national team in Qatar’s 2022 World Cup qualification.

Net Worth

Guillermo Ochoa has a net worth of USD 5 million. Moreover, he earns USD 4.4 million per year. In addition, he is the highest-paid Mexican player in Liga MX. 

Social Media

Guillermo is active on all social media. In addition, he has 2.9 million followers on Facebook, 2.5 million followers on Instagram, and 3 million on Twitter.

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