Ayala at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
|Full name||Hugo Ayala Castro|
|Date of birth||31 March 1987|
|Place of birth||Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Playing position||Centre Back|
* 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 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
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.
In May 2018 he was named in Mexico’s preliminary 28-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, and was ultimately included in the final 23-man roster revealed on 4 June. He would go on to be the starter in the opening match against Germany, where Mexico won 1–0.
- As of 7 September 2018
- Scores and results list Mexico's goal tally first.
|1.||31 January 2018||Alamodome, San Antonio, United States||Bosnia and Herzegovina||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
- Liga MX: Apertura 2011, Apertura 2015, Apertura 2016, Apertura 2017, Clausura 2019
- Copa MX: Clausura 2014
- Campeón de Campeones: 2016, 2017, 2018
- Campeones Cup: 2018
- Best Centre Back of the tournament: Apertura 2011
- Liga MX Best XI: Apertura 2015, Apertura 2017, Clausura 2019
- CONCACAF Best XI: 2018
- "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – List of Players" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
- "Convocatoria de la Selección Nacional de México". MiSeleccion.mx (in Spanish). Retrieved 4 June 2018.
- "Hugo Ayala". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
- "Ayala, Hugo". National Football Teams. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
- "Mexico leads way in Concacaf Men's Best XI". www.concacaf.com. 15 January 2019. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
- Hugo Ayala – Liga MX stats at MedioTiempo.com (in Spanish)
- Hugo Ayala at National-Football-Teams.com
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