Mexico legend Cuauhtemoc Blanco given all clear to play in final match
Mexico legend Cuauhtemoc Blanco, set to retire from the game on Tuesday night, is looking to go out on a high note as his Puebla team hosts Chivas de Guadalajara in the Copa MX final (8:50 p.m. ET, ESPN Deportes/WatchESPN).
There had been some doubts about whether the 42-year-old would be able to play, with the soon-to-be politician requiring permission from Mexico's electoral institute, but that came through on Monday.
Blanco announced on Feb. 11 that he would retire in order to run for mayor of the city of Cuernavaca for Mexico's Social Democrat Party (PSD).
Blanco is an iconic figure in the Mexican game and the three-World Cup veteran will go down as one of the country's greatest players.
"People of my age or above will remember that I gave everything for the national team and the teams I was in," Blanco said in an interview with ESPN Mexico this week. "With that [in mind] I'll leave [the game] happy and content."
The often-controversial forward -- best known outside of North America for his Cuauhtemina trick at the 1998 World Cup -- played 122 matches for the Mexican national team, scoring 39 goals, the same number Javier Hernandez is currently on.
"Temo" will be remembered domestically mainly for his time at Club America, where he made his name and scored a total of 153 goals, behind only all-time leading scorer Luis Alves (Zague Jr).
Blanco will join a line of former players, including Romario (Brazil), George Weah (Liberia), Andriy Shevchenko (Ukraine) and Gianni Rivera (Italy), who have gone into politics after retiring.