Guillermo Ochoa has already made 18 saves in his first two Serie A games for the new club

Guillermo Ochoa has already made 18 saves in his first two Serie A games for the new club

Guillermo Ochoa has already made 18 saves in his first two Serie A games for the new club

It turns out that Guillermo Ochoa is more than just a World Cup wonderkid.

For years the experienced Mexican – a goalkeeper with 134 international caps to his name – was applauded while playing for his country, but this season Ochoa has proven he can do it at club level.

The 37-year-old goalkeeper joined Serie A side Salernitana on a free transfer in December after leaving Club America, and in his first two games in the Italian top flight he made quite 18 saves remarkable.

In fact, no other goalkeeper in the league has made more saves than Ochoa, who made nine saves on his memorable debut against AC Milan.

Four days after that masterclass against Milan and Ochoa was back when Davide Nicola’s side hosted Torino.

Here’s how social media reacted to his meteoric start in Serie A.

One said: “Memo Ochoa brutally deconstructs the theory that he ‘can’t cut it at club level’ and is ‘a World Cup marvel’ for Mexico every four years. He does it at almost 38 years old, for Salernitana, in one of the biggest leagues on the planet. World class again today.”

Another commented: “The signing of Guillermo Ochoa by Salernitana is a major blow. As the World Cup shows for Mexico, he is a very high quality goalkeeper. Today’s 2-1 loss against Milan would have been a bloodbath without him. He will be crucial for them in their mission to stay in Serie A.”

A third wrote: “Wait… So you’re telling me Guillermo Ochoa actually exists outside of World Cup construction?”

Having played in five World Cups, the former Malaga, Standard Liege and Granada goalkeeper has revealed he wants to ‘continue playing at the highest level’ to reach the 2026 World Cup.

During his first press conference as a Salernitana player, Ochoa said: “I have the illusion and the desire to continue at a high level and to be able to play in the next World Cup which is being played in Mexico and to be able to end my career with this World Cup.”

He added: “The situation as a Latin American goalkeeper in Europe, I am the first goalkeeper in the history of Mexico to play in Europe and find a team that would give a goalkeeper a place outside EU is more difficult.

“Staying six months is an option for the board, it’s also an option that I liked. It is a consideration that if at any time I am not participating as I would like or not playing what I could play, I have the option of not remaining at a club without participating.

“I want to convince the board to stay in Serie A for many more years.”

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image credit: Alamy

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