Jared Borgetti

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Jared Borgetti
Borgetti in 2008
Personal information
Full nameJared Francisco Borgetti Echavarría
Date of birth (1973-08-14) 14 August 1973 (age 46)
Place of birthCuliacán, Sinaloa, Mexico
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing positionStriker
Senior career*
1996–2004Santos Laguna295(189)
2005–2006Bolton Wanderers19(2)
2007Cruz Azul26(7)
National team
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 November 2010
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 October 2007

Jared Francisco Borgetti Echavarría (Spanish About this sound[xaˈɾeð βorˈxeti] ; born 14 August 1973) is a retired Mexican footballer.

At 46 goals, Borgetti is the second all-time leading goal scorer (behind Javier Hernández) for the Mexico national football team. He is the Club Santos Laguna top goal scorer with 205 goals. A prolific goal scorer at club and national levels, Borgetti was renowned for his heading ability.[1] He is popularly known by the nickname of El Zorro del Desierto ("The Desert Fox") in reference to his debut professional team and his birthplace.[citation needed]

He currently works for ESPN Deportes and ESPN Mexico as a commentator for Santos Laguna matches and as an analyst for the show Fútbol Picante.[2]

Club career[edit]

Santos Laguna[edit]

Borgetti began his young career with Atlas in the Primera División de México on 6 March 1994, debuting in a 3–1 loss over Club América. After two successful seasons, he signed with Santos Laguna, where he claimed three golden boot titles for most goals in the season in his seven-year participation with club. With Santos, he won two league championships. Borgetti later signed a one-year contract with promoted team Dorados de Sinaloa, where he stated he wanted to play in his home team, before joining Pachuca, at the latter where he had little activity due to the qualifying games for the World Cup.

Bolton Wanderers[edit]

On 4 August 2005, Borgetti signed a two-year deal with English club Bolton Wanderers for a fee of around £1 million. He became the first Mexican to play for an English club.[3]

He made his official English debut in a 2–0 Premier League win over Newcastle United twenty days after signing, and scored his first goal for the club during Bolton's UEFA Cup tie against Lokomotiv Plovdiv on 15 September,[4] scoring again in the competition against Besiktas on 20 October.[5] He went on to score in the FA Cup against Watford[6] and in the League Cup against West Ham[7] and Leicester City.[8] Having also scored two league goals against Manchester City[9] and Charlton Athletic,[10] Borgetti ended the season with seven goals in all competitions.


After the 2005–06 season, Borgetti was released by Bolton. He eventually signed with Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad. He made his debut on 9 September 2006, scoring two goals in a 3–2 victory over Saudi team Al-Ta'ee. In December 2006, Borgetti left Al-Ittihad. Teams from the leagues of France, England, and Spain showed interest in signing the player.

C.D.S.C. Cruz Azul[edit]

In mid-December 2006, Santos Laguna showed interest in signing Borgetti and Francisco Fonseca, but unfortunately, days later, Club América signed Vicente Matias Vuoso on loan to Santos. Borgetti and Fonseca turned down the club's offer and later announced that he would return to Mexico as a member of Cruz Azul under a one-year contract. In 2007, Borgetti was called upon by Hugo Sánchez to represent Mexico in a series of international friendly matches and tournaments. His jersey number was 58.

C.F. Monterrey[edit]

On 21 December 2007, it was officially announced that Borgetti would play for Monterrey for the next six months in the Mexico Clausura 2008 tournament. Borgetti scored his first goal with the Rayados in the Clásico Regiomontano against UANL Tigres, where Tigres won 3–2.

Club Deportivo Guadalajara[edit]

Starting on 14 January 2009, Borgetti played for Guadalajara for six months. He was brought especially to play in the 2009 Copa Libertadores. He always stated that he had accomplished one of his dreams as a footballer, to be on a team where all of the players were Mexican-born and to be on a team with the most championships in the Primera División. Borgetti played seven games in the Torneo Clausura 2009 as a starter and six as a sub, barely recording 220 minutes for the club. In the Copa Libertadores, he played six out of the six games, three as a starter and three as a sub, playing a total of 366 minutes. Shortly after the season ended Borgetti was let go along with other newly recruited teammates due to the club's disappointing season.

Puebla F.C.[edit]

Since his departure from Guadalajara, Borgetti has gone on to sign with Puebla as of 13 June 2009 in time for the Apertura 2009 Tournament. In a pre-season game, Borgetti suffered a broken ribcage and had to sit out for the first four weeks of the Apertura Tournament. He scored his first goal on 9 August 2009 against Querétaro. He continued his good form by scoring a header on 22 August 2009, in a 2–1 win against Pachuca. At the end of the season Borgetti left the club to pursue another team. He decided to go back to Mexico with his family and friends.

Monarcas Morelia[edit]

On 27 December 2009 signed a one-year contract with Monarcas Morelia. On 13 February 2010 he scored his first goal with Monarcas Morelia and 249th in Mexico league soccer. That same goal tied him for 3rd top goal scorer in Mexico league history with José Saturnino Cardozo. On 24 April 2010, he scored his 250th goal, giving him the sole possession of the 3rd position in the top goal scorers of the Mexico League, passing Jose Cardozo who played for Toluca and scored 249 goals.

León F.C.[edit]

After his departure from Morelia, Borgetti was considering retirement, but after getting an agreement with Club León, he played for the team in Mexico's Liga de Ascenso in the fall of 2010. After failing to make it to the play-offs he was released from his contract. On 5 December 2010, he announced his retirement from professional football.[11]

International career[edit]

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

Borgetti's most successful tournament was the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup. He scored three goals against Brazil and Germany and helped Mexico to a fourth-place finish. He also had to retake a penalty twice against Brazil due to various infractions. It was blocked on the third attempt, but he later scored the winning goal that resulted in a 1–0 upset.

On 25 March 2007, Borgetti came off the bench, replacing Omar Bravo in a match against Paraguay. Borgetti scored two goals within three minutes. On 8 June 2007, Borgetti played in the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup, scoring two goals. He also scored a goal in the quarter-finals against Costa Rica. In the final against the United States, Borgetti injured himself, and could not participate in the 2007 Copa América, where the Mexico national team reached the third place in the Competition against Brazil and Argentina, beating Uruguay in the third place game of the Copa América.

Career statistics[edit]


Club performanceLeagueCupContinentalTotal
MexicoLeagueCupNorth AmericaTotal
1993–94AtlasPrimera División200020
199697Santos Laguna4121524623
EnglandLeagueFA CupEuropeTotal
2005–06Bolton WanderersPremier League1926372327
Saudi ArabiaLeagueCrown Prince CupAsiaTotal
2006–07Al-IttihadSaudi League151000211711
MexicoLeagueCupNorth AmericaTotal
200607Cruz AzulPrimera División175175
2010–11LeónLiga de Ascenso167167
Saudi Arabia151000211711
Career total52527124123816587299


National teamYearAppsGoals



Santos Laguna




  1. ^ Turner, Mikhail. "25 Lethal Headers in World Football". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Mexican Striker Jared Borgetti Joins ESPN Deportes as Fútbol Picante's Analyst". ESPN Media Zone. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Bolton sign Borgetti". BBC. 4 August 2005.
  4. ^ "Bolton 2–1 Lokomotiv Plovdiv". BBC. 15 September 2005. Retrieved 13 November 2009.
  5. ^ "Besiktas 1–1 Bolton". BBC. 20 October 2005. Retrieved 13 November 2009.
  6. ^ "Watford 0–3 Bolton". BBC. 7 January 2006. Retrieved 13 November 2009.
  7. ^ "Bolton 1–0 West Ham". BBC. 26 October 2005. Retrieved 13 November 2009.
  8. ^ "Bolton 2–1 Leicester (aet)". BBC. 30 November 2005. Retrieved 13 November 2009.
  9. ^ "Bolton 2–0 Man City". BBC. 21 January 2006. Retrieved 13 November 2009.
  10. ^ "Bolton 4–1 Charlton". BBC. 22 April 2006. Retrieved 13 November 2009.
  11. ^ http://www.vefutbol.com.mx/2010/12/05/notas/jared_borgetti_anuncia_su_retiro-32420.html
  12. ^ "Jared Borgetti". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.
  13. ^ Soccernet profile

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