Jesús Manuel Corona
|Full name||Jesús Manuel Corona Ruíz|
|Date of birth||6 January 1993|
|Place of birth||Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 12 August 2022|
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 5 June 2022
Jesús Manuel Corona Ruíz (American Spanish: [xesuzmaˈnwel koˈɾona ˈrwis]; born 6 January 1993), sometimes known as Tecatito, is a Mexican professional footballer who plays as a winger for La Liga club Sevilla and the Mexico national team.
Corona began his career in 2010 with Monterrey, playing with the club for three years before moving abroad. He transferred to Dutch club FC Twente and played with its reserve team as well. He joined Porto in 2015, garnering 287 appearances and winning three Primeira Liga titles in his seven seasons with the club.
A full international since 2014, Corona was part of the national squad that won the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. He has also represented his country at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the 2021 Gold Cup, and at two Copa América tournaments.
Born to a lower-middle-class family in Hermosillo, Sonora, Corona began playing football at the age of 6 for various local youth teams. At the age of 15, he was scouted by a number of clubs, including Brazilian side Santos FC, however due to his family's reluctance to see him move abroad at such a young age, Corona eventually began his professional career by joining C.F. Monterrey.
Corona made his senior team debut at 17 years old, under coach Víctor Manuel Vucetich, on 7 August 2010 as a starter in an away league match against Atlante in a 2–1 victory for Monterrey. He scored his first goal for Monterrey on 7 October 2011 in an away match against Tecos, with the game ending in a 3–2 victory for Monterrey. Corona also scored his first goal for Monterrey in their presentation at the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup against Ulsan Hyundai of South Korea on 9 December, with an assist from Aldo de Nigris in the 3–1 victory. In the match for third place against Al Ahly on 16 December, Corona scored in the third minute of the match, which ended in a 2–0 victory.
On 22 August 2013, it was announced that Corona was transferred to Dutch side F.C. Twente, for whom he signed a four-year contract. He started the 2014 season with Twente's reserve team, which plays in the Second Division, scoring 2 goals on 18 August. On 13 September 2014, Corona returned from injury and a stint with the reserve team to start his first game with Twente in the 2014–15 season and went on to record an assist and a goal against Go Ahead Eagles in a 2–1 victory for Twente, the club's first victory of the 2014–15 Season. He finished his second season with the senior team with a career-best of 9 goals.
On 12 September, Corona scored two goals on his Primeira Liga debut in the 3–1 victory over FC Arouca. On 25 September, Corona scored his third goal playing against Moreirense giving Porto the 2–1 lead, the match resulted in 2–2 draw. On 4 October, Corona scored Porto's first goal against Belenenses in a match that ended in a 4–0 win over the Lisbon team.
On 24 October 2018, Corona scored a goal and assisted another in Porto’s 3–1 win over Lokomotiv Moscow in their Champions League group stage match. On 28 November 2018, in a Champions League group stage match against German club Schalke 04, Corona scored in a 3–1 victory, becoming the first Mexican to score in three consecutive Champions League matches. In March 2019, Corona signed a contract extension with Porto, keeping him at the club until 2022.
On 10 January 2020, in a league match against Moreirense, he scored from a volley in Porto's 4–2 victory. The goal was subsequently named Goal of the Month. At the end of the 2019–20 season, after a first place finish and contributing a career-best 11 assists (2nd place for most of the season), Corona was named the best player of the Primeira Liga, and was included in the Best XI. He also won the club's Dragão de Ouro Award, which is awarded to the best player of the season.
Following a 1–1 draw against archrivals Benfica on 15 January 2021, Corona, in his 246th overall display, moved up to fourth in Porto's all-time list of foreign players with the most appearances, as well as becoming the Mexican with the most appearances in Portugal, surpassing former teammate Héctor Herrera.
On 13 January 2022, Corona joined La Liga side Sevilla on a three-and-a-half year deal. On 18 August 2022, he suffered a major injury in training. The player underwent surgery and is expected to be out of action between four and five months.
Corona began his national team career with the under-20 side, participating in the 2011 and 2012 editions of the Milk Cup. Mexico won the 2012 final against Denmark, with Corona being named as the competition's best player.
Corona was called up by coach Sergio Almaguer to participate in the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship hosted in Mexico. Jesús played four out of five matches and scored three goals. In the final against the United States, Corona scored in the fourth minute of the match, and helped Mexico win the championship. He was a squad member at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup hosted in Turkey. Corona was again selected by Almaguer, this time to participate in the 2013 Toulon Tournament.
In 2014, Corona was called up by Miguel Herrera to play with the senior national team in their November friendlies against the Netherlands and Belarus. On 12 November, he made his debut against the Dutch, coming on in the 61st minute and providing the assist for Carlos Vela's second goal in the 3–2 victory for El Tri at the Amsterdam Arena.
Corona was a member of Mexico's 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup winning squad, scoring his first competitive international goal in the 3–1 win over Jamaica in the Final. He also received the Bright Future award. He was also included in the 2015 Copa América roster. In Mexico's first group stage match against Bolivia, which ended in a scoreless draw, Corona's performance earned him the Man of the Match award.
The following year, now under coach Juan Carlos Osorio, Corona earned a call-up to the Copa América Centenario. In the final group stage match against Venezuela, he replaced the injured Javier Aquino at the 18th minute and scored in the 80th minute in an eventual 1–1 draw. The result earned Mexico a first-place finish in Group C, and Corona's goal was subsequently named CONCACAF Goal of the Year.
In May 2018, Corona was named in Mexico’s preliminary 28-man squad for the World Cup, and in June, was subsequently named in the final 23-man roster. He appeared as a substitute in the group stage matches against South Korea and Sweden.
Style of play
A creative winger capable of playing either flank, he is considered quick and agile, capable of dribbling past defenders, has excellent technique, and has an eye for a shot. He is comfortable playing with either foot, managing to develop the ability from a young age.
Corona was given the nickname Tecatito during his early years at Monterrey. The name is a reference to the beer brand Tecate, which was owned by club sponsor Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma Brewery, a competitor to the Corona beer brand that matches his surname. As a sponsor, the logo of another of its subsidiaries, Carta Blanca, was on the kits. During Monterrey's participation at the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup, with Carta Blanca as the sole kit sponsor, the name 'Corona' was not displayed, but instead 'Jesús C.' was printed on the kit.
Corona was naturalised as a Portuguese citizen in August 2021, allowing him to play freely for any team in the European Union.
- As of match played 12 August 2022
|Club||Season||League||National cup[a]||League cup[b]||Continental||Other||Total|
|Monterrey||2010–11||Mexican Primera División||1||0||—||—||2[c]||0||—||3||0|
|2011–12||Mexican Primera División||10||1||—||—||3[c]||1||—||13||2|
- Includes KNVB Cup, Taça de Portugal and Copa del Rey
- Includes Taça da Liga
- Appearances in CONCACAF Champions League
- Appearances in FIFA Club World Cup
- Appearances in UEFA Champions League
- Appearances in Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
- Two appearances in UEFA Champions League, seven appearances in UEFA Europa League
- Appearances in UEFA Europa League
- As of 5 June 2022
- Scores and results list Mexico's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Corona goal.
|1||30 May 2015||Estadio Víctor Manuel Reyna, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico||Guatemala||3–0||3–0||Friendly|
|2||26 July 2015||Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, United States||Jamaica||2–0||3–1||2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final|
|3||17 November 2015||Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras||Honduras||1–0||2–0||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|4||25 March 2016||BC Place, Vancouver, Canada||Canada||3–0||3–0||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|5||29 March 2016||Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico||2–0||2–0||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|6||13 June 2016||NRG Stadium, Houston, United States||Venezuela||1–1||1–1||Copa América Centenario|
|7||1 June 2017||MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, United States||Republic of Ireland||1–0||3–1||Friendly|
|8||13 October 2020||Cars Jeans Stadion, The Hague, Netherlands||Algeria||1–0||2–2||Friendly|
|9||6 June 2021||Empower Field at Mile High, Denver, United States||United States||1–0||2–3 (a.e.t.)||2021 CONCACAF Nations League Final|
|10||8 September 2021||Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama||Panama||1–1||1–1||2022 FIFA World Cup qualification|
- Mexican Primera División: Apertura 2010
- CONCACAF Champions League: 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13
- Primeira Liga: 2017–18, 2019–20, 2021–22
- Taça de Portugal: 2019–20, 2021–22
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2018, 2020
- Milk Cup Best Player: 2012
- CONCACAF Gold Cup Best Young Player: 2015
- CONCACAF Best XI: 2015, 2021
- CONCACAF Goal of the Year: 2016
- Primeira Liga Goal of the Month: January 2020
- Primeira Liga Player of the Year: 2019–20
- Primeira Liga Team of the Year: 2019–20
- FC Porto Player of the Year: 2019–20
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- 2012 Elite Squads
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