Hermosillo and Sanchez among three finalists for the CONCACAF Best Player of the Century award

Date Published: 
1998-09-15
Source: 
concacaf.com

Prolific striker Carlos Hermosillo of Mexico, currently playing the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer, is among the three finalists to be named the "CONCACAF Best Player of the Century," as determined through an international voting survey conducted by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics, a leading soccer historical society based in Germany. Hermosillo is the "World's 3rd Best Top Division Goal Scorers Among Active Players."

Two other Mexican legendary strikers, Hugo Sanchez and the late Luis Fuente are also in contention for the prestigious award. Known for his superior playmaking and technical skills, particularly heading the ball, "El Pirata" (the pirate) Fuentes played from 1930 to 1954 in Mexico, Spain, Paraguay and Argentina.

In his playing days, Hugo Sanchez was a football artist and is the "World's Sixth-Best Top Goal Scorer of the Century." The player nicknamed "Hugol" scored 394 goals in 662 appearances in the top divisions of Mexico, Spain, Austria and the USA.

The rest of the field: 4. Horacio Casarin, Mexico; 5. Raul Cardenas, Mexico; 6. William Gonsalves, USA; 7. Salvador Reyes, Mexico; 8. Bruce Wilson, Canada; Julio Cesar Dely Valdez, Panama; 9. Jorge Gonzalez, El Salvador; 10. Eric Wynalda, USA; Jose Mauricio Cienfuegos, El Salvador; 11. Walter Alfred Bahr, USA; 12. Jesus del Muro, Mexico; 13. Hernan Morera, Costa Rica; Raul Ignacio Diaz Arce, El Salvador; 14. Mario Lopez, Cuba; 15. Gustavo Peña, Mexico; 16. Marcelo Balboa, USA; Oscar "Conejo" (rabbit) Sanchez, Guatemala; Robert Lenarduzzi, Canada; 17. Benjamin Galindo, Mexico; Dwight Yorke, Trinidad & Tobago; Gilberto Yearwood, Honduras, Juan Carlos Plata, Guatemala; Ronald Gomez, Costa Rica; 18. Jose Rafael Meza, Costa Rica; Juan Carreño, Mexico; Nicolas Suazo, Honduras; Roger Gomez, Costa Rica; 19. Jorge Roldan, Guatemala; Luis Ernesto Tapia, Panama.