Atlético de Madrid has reached an agreement with Héctor Herrera for the Mexican to become a new Red & White player. The midfielder is to sign a three-year contract tomorrow.
The midfielder has great experience in European football. Born in Rosarito (Mexico), Herrera began his career at Pachuca’s youth teams. In 2010, at age 21, he made his debut with the Mexican side’s first team, where he began to shine. At 22, he won the Toulon Tournament with the Mexico U23 team and was named Best Player. Shortly thereafter, he won the gold medal with his country at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. A year later, he moved to FC Porto, where he became one of the Portuguese side’s leaders. During his six seasons in Portugal, Herrera won one league title and two Super Cups. Thanks to his leadership skills and his performances on the pitch, he became one of FC Porto’s captains.
The midfielder has also been one of his national team’s most important players in the last years. He has played two World Cups (Brazil 2014 and Russia 2018) and won the 2012 Summer Olympics, the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the 2015 CONCACAF Cup. He has played 70 games for Mexico, scoring five goals.
With Héctor Herrera’s arrival, we add a strong, talented and skilful midfielder. During his six seasons at FC Porto, he played 245 matches and netted 35 goals. The 29-year-old links up very well with his teammates, as the stats confirm. In the 2018-19 season, he was the third player with the most successful passes (1,566) and the second with the most successful forward passes (990) in Portugal. He is strong on and off the ball and has a powerful shot. In fact, in the 2017-18 season, his stunner against Benfica was voted as the Portuguese league’s best goal.
The midfielder also has great experience in the Champions League, having played 41 matches in the competition.
Moreover, with this agreement, we strengthen our link with Mexico. In 2017 we signed our deal with Atlético de San Luis, and now one of the country’s most talented players arrives at our club. For these reasons, we welcome Héctor Herrera to Atlético de Madrid and we wish him the best of luck at the Wanda Metropolitano.