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Jared Borgetti

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1 Senior club appearances and goalscounted for the domestic league only andcorrect as of 21 September 2007.2 National team caps and goals correctas of 21 September 2007.* Appearances (Goals)

Jared Francisco Borgetti Echavarría (born August 14, 1973 in Culiacancito, Sinaloa) also known as "El Zorro del Desierto" is a Mexican football striker. He is currently playing with Mexico City club Cruz Azul in the Primera División de México. He is currently the holds the record for top goal scorer in the history of the Mexican national team with 43 goals.

Borgetti's career began with CF Atlas of the Mexican First Division on March 6, 1994 debuting in a 3-1 loss over America. After two unsuccessful seasons, however, he transferred to Santos Laguna, where he claimed three scoring titles in his seven years there. Borgetti later transferred to his hometown team, Dorados de Sinaloa for one year before joining CF Pachuca.

In addition to making history at the club level, Borgetti has enjoyed notable success on the international stage. After the qualification campaign for Germany 2006 ended, Borgetti became his country's top goalscorer, surpassing both Luis Hernández and Carlos Hermosillo with a record 43 goals in the 87 international appearances he has made for the Mexican National Team.

On the international stage, Borgetti first played with Mexico on February 5, 1997 against Ecuador. He would not make his mark internationally, however, until the qualification campaign for the 2002 World Cup began in late 2000. After the qualification campaign proved successful for Mexico, Borgetti became a regular within the squad and went on to score goals for his country at the Copa América 2001, the 2002 FIFA World Cup, and the Copa América 2004.

After the 2005-06 season, Borgetti was released by Bolton. He eventually signed with Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad. On Saturday September 9, 2006 Borgetti made his debut, scoring two goals in a 3-2 victory over Saudi team Al-Ta'ee. In December 2006 Borgetti left Al-Ittihad under a clause stating that he could leave at any time if his family was unable to adapt to Saudi Arabian culture. Teams from the leagues of France, England and Spain showed interest in signing the player.

Shortly after the 2006 FIFA World Cup , Borgetti announced that he would retire from the International stage, never to play in the FIFA World Cup again. He stated that he wanted to make way for the new, younger players that would contribute to the Mexico national football team in the future. However, Borgetti expressed interest in retiring with the National Team in style, preferably playing in one last CONCACAF Gold Cup.

However, as of September 2007, Borgetti expressed interest in returning to play for Mexico in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, saying he would try and be in the best shape he can possibly be in for that time.


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