Javier Aquino was one of the most promising young players to emerge from Cruz Azul's youth academy. He made his debut, grew up, and became a benchmark for La Máquina, which allowed him to fulfill his European dream just three years after his debut in the First Division, as in 2013 he joined Villarreal of Spain.
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The Oaxaca-born midfielder kissed the badge as many times as he had the opportunity and earned the respect and affection of the Cementero fans. Then he left with his head held high to raise the Cementero's badge even higher in the 'Old Continent'. His 'betrayal' had nothing to do with his departure from the team.
What did Aquino do to earn the hatred?
It was on his return to Mexico seven years later, but with the Tigres jersey, that the 32-year-old midfielder made fun of Cruz Azul's drought of league titles, the team where he was born as a soccer player, after some players from the Cementero team and the felines had a brawl at the end of the semi-final of the Copa por México.
Shouts went back and forth between the then coach of La Máquina, Robert Dante Siboldi, and the Auriazul player, Guido Pizarro, from the field at the Estadio Olímpico Universitario, until Javier Aquino sealed their fate against Cruz Azul: "They have to get out of there, they haven't won anything for 30 years and they keep complaining, they win a match and they get like this. Come on, Cata, raise the cup, come on".
This last phrase was the one that hurt the most in the Cementero environment and one of those that echoed the most when the Cementero team won the ninth star, on the historic May 30, 2021, 13 years after the departure of one of its great promises from the youth academy, but who could not be part of history. Since then, Javier Aquino has been described as 'ungrateful' by the fans.
Cruz Azul will be able to avenge the fans
La Máquina faces Tigres in the quarterfinals of the Clausura 2022, where they will face Aquino. Cruz Azul fans will be happy if the Cementero team advances to the next round, as it not only represents staying alive to fight for the title but also the added ingredient of leaving Aquino out so that he remembers his words from that time.