Diego Antonio Reyes

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Diego Reyes
Valais Cup 2013 - OM-FC Porto 13-07-2013 - Diego Reyes.jpg
Reyes with Porto in 2013
Personal information
Full name Diego Antonio Reyes Rosales[1]
Date of birth (1992-09-19) 19 September 1992 (age 24)
Place of birth Mexico City, Mexico
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)[1]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Espanyol (on loan from Porto)
Number 23
Youth career
2006–2009 América
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2013 América 83 (2)
2013– Porto 8 (0)
2015–2016 Real Sociedad (loan) 27 (2)
2016– Espanyol (loan) 24 (1)
National team
2008 Mexico U17 6 (0)
2010–2011 Mexico U20 5 (0)
2011–2012 Mexico U23 12 (1)
2011– Mexico 41 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 March 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 March 2017

Diego Antonio Reyes Rosales (born 19 September 1992) is a Mexican professional footballer who plays as a central defender for Spanish club RCD Espanyol on loan from FC Porto and the Mexico national team.

He made his professional debut with Club América in April 2010,[2] initially playing as a midfielder, before eventually adapting into the central defender role. In December 2012 it was announced that he had been transferred to Portuguese club Porto, though he would stay with América for the Clausura 2013 tournament. Reyes would go on to win the Clausura championship with América.

Reyes has played for various national youth teams, including the under-20 team which finished third at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup.[3] He was also a part of the under-23 squad that won the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, playing in every match. He was called up to the senior national teams that participated in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Club career[edit]


Diego Reyes rose from América's youth academy and was considered one of their young prospects. He debuted for the club on 25 April 2010 at the age of 17 in a league against Santos Laguna at the Estadio Azteca, coming in as a substitute in the 86th minute for Ángel Reyna who scored the game's only goal.[4] Reyes scored his first goal against Estudiantes Tecos during the Clausura 2011 tournament. He would score his second goal against Morelia in a 2–3 quarterfinal loss that same tournament. He gradually cemented his spot in the team's starting eleven.

Reyes played his final match with América on 26 May 2013, playing in the final of the Clausura tournament against Cruz Azul, though only playing in 26 minutes of the match. Due to the expulsion of Jesús Molina, Reyes was moved into the midfield, but was subsequently substituted off for Miguel Layún.[5]


On 17 December 2012 it was announced Reyes would be transferring to Portuguese club FC Porto on 1 July 2013 for €7 million,[6][7][8][9] with half of the €3.5 million transfer fee backed by Gol Football Luxembourg as part of James Rodríguez's repurchase from Gol Football.[9]

Diego Reyes made his debut for Porto on 13 July in the final of the Valais Cup against French club Olympique de Marseille, coming on as a substitute in the 80th minute of the match. Fellow Mexican team-mate Héctor Herrera also made his debut with Porto in the same match which ended in a 3–0 victory.[10]

Real Sociedad (loan)[edit]

On 14 July 2015, La Liga club Real Sociedad announced they had reached an agreement with Porto over a season-long loan deal for Reyes, with no option to buy in the contract.[11][12] Reyes made his debut on 22 August in a 0–0 draw against Deportivo de La Coruña.[13] On 18 October, he received his first red card with Real Sociedad in the 0–2 defeat to Atlético Madrid, receiving two yellow cards in the span of two minutes for dissent.[14]

On 8 February 2016, Reyes scored his first goal for Real Sociedad in the 5–0 away win over RCD Espanyol.[15]

Espanyol (loan)[edit]

Reyes playing for Espanyol in 2017.

On 31 August 2016, Reyes joined Spanish side RCD Espanyol on a season-long loan deal, with the club having the option to buy the player at the end of the loan.[16] On 30 October, Reyes scored his first goal for Espanyol in the 0–1 away win over Real Betis.[17]

International career[edit]

Mexico U17[edit]

Reyes was selected by coach José Luis González China to participate in the CONCACAF under-17 Championship in 2009. Mexico eventually qualified to the under-17 World Cup and reached the Round-of-16.

Mexico U20[edit]

In 2010, Reyes played the Milk Cup with the under-20 team. The following year, Reyes was selected by coach Juan Carlos Chávez to participate in the CONCACAF under-20 Championship. Mexico qualified to the under-20 World Cup and finished in third place, defeating France 3–1. Prior to the World Cup, Reyes also participated in the Toulon Tournament.

Mexico U23[edit]

Reyes was selected to participate in the 2011 Pan American Games with the under-23 national team. Mexico won the gold after defeating Argentina 1–0 in the Final.

In 2012, Reyes was a part of the Mexican team that won the gold medal at the 2012 Toulon Tournament, defeating Turkey 3–1 in the Final. He made the final cut for the squad participating in the 2012 Summer Olympics, where he played in every match, including in the 2–1 win over Brazil in the gold medal match at Wembley Stadium on 11 August.[18] At 19 years old, Reyes was the youngest squad member at the Olympics.

Mexico national team[edit]

He made his debut with the senior national team at the 2011 Copa América; however Mexico used their under-22 squad in the tournament. He made his full debut on 25 March 2013 in a 2014 World Cup qualification match against the United States at the Estadio Azteca. Reyes also participated in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, playing his only match in a 2–1 victory against Japan.

Reyes captained Mexico for the first time during a friendly match against South Korea on 29 January 2014. He was given the captain's armband after Rafael Márquez was subbed off in the second half in the 4–0 victory.

He played against the Netherlands in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Rounds of 16 match. He came onto the match as a substitute for Héctor Moreno, who suffered an injury in a slide-tackle with Arjen Robben.

Style of play[edit]

Reyes has been described as "[i]ntelligent in his positioning, comfortable in possession and strong in the air",[19] as well as being praised for "his ability to time challenges play crisp passes and keep possession when under pressure".[20] Though mainly a defender, Reyes has also been deployed as a defensive midfielder throughout his career.[21]

Career statistics[edit]


As of 10 March 2017[22]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
América 2009–10 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2010–11 19 1 0 0 4 0 23 1
2011–12 28 0 0 0 0 0 28 0
2012–13 35 1 6 0 0 0 41 1
Total 83 2 6 0 4 0 93 2
Porto 2013–14 5 0 5 0 4 0 14 0
2014–15 3 0 4 0 2 0 9 0
Total 8 0 9 0 6 0 23 0
Real Sociedad (loan) 2015–16 27 2 1 0 28 2
Espanyol (loan) 2016–17 24 1 1 0 25 1
Career total 142 5 17 0 10 0 170 5


As of 28 March 2017[23]
Mexico national team
Year Apps Goals
2011 3 0
2012 0 0
2013 7 0
2014 7 0
2015 13 0
2016 10 0
2017 1 1
Total 41 1





Mexico U23



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  13. ^ "Deportivo La Coruña – Real Sociedad Boxscore". Fox Sports. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  14. ^ Hawkey, Ian (18 October 2015). "Pressure mounts on David Moyes in La Liga as Real Sociedad experience meltdown". The Telegraph. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
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