Hugo Ayala

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Hugo Ayala
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Ayala at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Hugo Ayala Castro
Date of birth (1987-03-31) 31 March 1987 (age 32)
Place of birth Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Playing position Centre Back
Club information
Current team
Number 4
Youth career
2000–2002 Morelia
2002–2006 Atlas
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2010 Atlas 86 (3)
2010– UANL 307 (5)
National team
2006–2007 Mexico U20 12 (0)
2009– Mexico 47 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:27, 29 November 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 04:09, 9 September 2018 (UTC)

Hugo Ayala Castro (born 31 March 1987) is a Mexican professional footballer who currently plays as a centre back for Tigres UANL and the national team.

Club career[edit]

Club Atlas[edit]

Hugo Ayala started his professional career with Atlas. He made his official debut in 2006 as a starter against C.D. Guadalajara. Although Atlas lost 3–1 he became an often used substitute ending the season. In the next season he starting showing great talent in defending and became a starter in Atlas's defensive line up, leading Atlas all the way to the quarter finals to face Club América, but lost to them in an aggregate score of (7–4). Throughout his career with Atlas he was mostly used as a substitute until the manager, Ricardo La Volpe, took his place as manager of Atlas. La Volpe then started having confidence in Ayala, and made Ayala a starter and captain for Atlas. Then after Tigres saw great interest in Ayala his new club was Tigres

Tigres UANL[edit]

On 2010, he arrived to Tigres UANL and by 2011 he already was the starter centre-back along with Juninho, both key players for the Apertura 2011 championship. Ayala was named best defender of the Apertura 2011 season alongside teammate Jorge Torres Nilo. Ayala, a starter in Tigres since 2011, later would become champion with the team in the Apertura 2015, Apertura 2016 and Apertura 2017 seasons besides runner-up of the 2015 Copa Libertadores.

International career[edit]

Under José Manuel de la Torre, Miguel Herrera and Juan Carlos Osorio, Ayala has been a regular call-up for Mexico.

In May 2018 he was named in Mexico’s preliminary 28-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia,[2] and was ultimately included in the final 23-man roster revealed on 4 June.[3] He would go on to be the starter in the opening match against Germany, where Mexico won 1–0.

Career statistics[edit]


As of 7 September 2018[4]
Year Apps Goals
2009 2 0
2010 1 0
2011 0 0
2012 4 0
2013 4 0
2014 3 0
2015 10 0
2016 5 0
2017 9 0
2018 8 1
Total 46 1

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Mexico's goal tally first.[5]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 31 January 2018 Alamodome, San Antonio, United States  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1–0 1–0 Friendly






  1. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – List of Players" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Convocatoria de la Selección Nacional de México". (in Spanish). Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Hugo Ayala". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Ayala, Hugo". National Football Teams. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Mexico leads way in Concacaf Men's Best XI". 15 January 2019. Retrieved 16 January 2019.

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