It’s no lie to say that Guillermo Ochoa has recovered his level with both Club América and Mexico National Team in the last few months, especially after Santiago Solari was sacked from Las Águilas and Fernando “Tano” Ortíz took over.
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In the first leg of the quarterfinals of Clausura 2022, Ochoa had a protagonist role in the 1-1 draw that Club América saved from their visit to Club Puebla, as La Franja had at least three clear options to add to the score, but Ochoa prevented it.
As if that wasn’t enough, his performances through the second half of the season helped Las Águilas keep the unbeaten streak for eight straight games, which led to them finishing the season standing four, avoiding playing Repechaje.
With the Mexican national team, the story isn’t any different, as Guillermo Ochoa helped El Tri to finish the CONCACAF Qualifiers with five straight clean sheets, being the only country in the world that managed to do it.
He still has options of continuing his career in Europe
Although Ochoa will be 37 when the World Cup starts and his current contract finishes, it’s possible that he’s playing at the highest level of his career, even higher than the level he had for Brazil 2014, which could still open doors for him.
After he joked during an interview that he still has an option to play for Real Madrid as long as he doesn’t retire, he still has an opportunity to return to European soccer, although not to play for Real Madrid and neither in La Liga.
Reports indicate that Serie A side SSC Napoli inquired about him the past season, but given that they had David Ospina under contract, negotiations didn’t advance. But now that Ospina will leave, the Azzurri over the summer, the interest of Napoli could be reignited.
How much will they have to pay for him?
Although the possibility is small, as his next destination seems to be the MLS, given the interest that Charlotte FC has showed in him, if they were to acquire him, they will have to pay $1.5 million for his economic rights, or wait until December to sign him as a free agent.