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After the bad taste of having been left at the gates of playing the final of the Opening Tournament of the Liga MX, Néstor Araujo is focused on playing with the Mexican National Team in the Qatar 2022 World Cup in a complicated group like C, with Robert Lewandowski’s Poland and Lionel Messi’s Argentina.
For Araujo, defender of the Águilas del América, being present in Qatar with El Tri not only represents another source of pride for his long career, but also also revenge since in his best football moment was left out of the 2018 World Cup in Russia due to injury.
With a few days left for Mexico to debut in Russia 2018 against Germany on June 17, Araujo was seriously injured in a friendly preparatory. Now, with 31 years behind him, the man born in Guadalajara will fulfill his childhood dream by playing a World Cup match next Tuesday.
A clear dream and objective: Néstor Araujo in Qatar 2022
After several years playing at the highest level in Europe, Néstor Araujo made the decision to return to Mexico to play in the first division of his country but not in either of the two clubs where he was born (Atlas and Chivas), quite the opposite, to play with the antagonist Club América.
Las Águilas are the classic rival of Chivas de Guadalajara, but this did not matter to an Araujo who wanted to add the most minutes to be considered by Mexico coach Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino.
In the MX LeagueBefore making the leap to Europe to play for Celta de Vigo in Spain, Néstor Araujo was a record for Cruz Azul and later for Santos Laguna, in both he stood out for his speed, strength and marking, which gave him up to five trophies.
The one from Jalisco comes from a family of five brothers and From a very young age he had a clear weakness for the ballsince he just kept kicking him whenever he could in the streets of his city, as his parents say.