Luis Hernández

Mexico 2017

Luis Hernández is one of Mexico’s greatest goal scorers and is their top scorer at FIFA World Cup finals. He played most of his club football in Mexico, but did have spells in Argentina and the US. Nicknamed El Matador, he had fantastic pace and strength and was Mexico’s Player of the Year on two occasions. On the international scene he was leading scorer at Copa América in 1997 but his best moments for Mexico came at the 1998 World Cup. He netted four goals, including a stoppage time equaliser against Holland that sent Mexico into the knockout rounds. He also won two Gold Cups and a Confederations Cup. Famed for his long blonde hair, Luis Hernández is one of his country’s most admired and respected athletes.

Full name: Luis Arturo “El Matador” Hernández Carreón
Born: 22/12/1968, Poza Rica, Veracruz, Mexico
Clubs: Cruz Azul (1990–1991), Querétaro (1991–1992), Monterrey (1992–1994), Necaxa (1994–1998), Boca Juniors (loan, 1997), UANL (1998–2000), Los Angeles Galaxy (2000–2002), América (loan, 2000–2002), Veracruz (2003), Chiapas (2004), BUAP (2004–2005)
International: 85 apps, 35 goals (1995-2002)
Position: Striker


  • Mexican Primera División (2): 1994–95, 1995–96
  • Copa México (1): 1994–95
  • Campeón de Campeones (1): 1995
  • CONCACAF Cup Winners Cup (1): 1994
  • Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup (1): 2001
  • Mexican Primera División (1): Verano 2002
  • FIFA Confederations Cup (1): 1999
  • CONCACAF Gold Cup (2): 1996, 1998