Jared Borgetti says he isn't giving up soccer, just professional soccer. The “Desert Fox,” the Mexican national team's all-time scoring leader, announced his retirement on Mexican television Sunday night.
Borgetti, 37, who played at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, might not have been as gifted nor as revered as Hugo Sanchez, Luis Hernandez, Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Carlos Hermosillo, Zague or Enrique Borja, but he was more effective than all of them, scoring 46 goals in 89 international appearances in an 11-year stint with El Tri.
“I’m not retiring from football,” he said in his announcement. “That I won’t play any more professionally is another matter, but football I’ll play all my life.”
He had stints in England (with Bolton, not so successful) and Saudi Arabia (with Al-Ittihad, much better fortune) and spent the bulk of his 16-year career with Santos Laguna, with which he scored 189 league goals in 295 games from 1996 to 2004. He started at Atlas and also played for Dorados de Sinaloa, Pachuca, Cruz Azul, Monterrey, Guadalajara, Puebla and Morelia. He was with second-tier Leon this season.