Will Isaac Brizuela’s dream come true after the World Cup?
Mexico will bring along a lot of new and promising talents to this World Cup but the biggest of all might be the 23-year old Isaac Brizuela from Deportivo Toluca.
The left winger is reminiscent of Lionel Messi, not only because of his height of 1.71 metres. He is very fast with the ball and an excellent dribbler, which makes him the perfect player for one-against-one situations against very defensive teams.
Brizuela has been one of the best players in Mexico during the last two seasons and because of his speed earned his nickname ‘conejito’, which means small rabbit, during this time. His coach at Toluca, the former Paraguayan national player Jose Cardozo, is also totally convinced by his superstar.
“He is a star. I don’t know what else he can show. They won’t see a player like him in Europe.“
Cardozo knows what he’s talking about. He played for Paraguay at the two World Cups in 1998 and 2002 and is still the best goalscorer of Toluca of all time. So he knows when he sees a high quality player which is why he already put a price tag of 20 million US-dollars on Brizuela.
The player however seems to see his future in Europe. In an interview he revealed his dreams and plans. “It is the dream of every player to participate at a World Cup and to play in Europe.”
In the same interview he stated that his favourite league is the Premier League and that he would like to play there one day. “We’re working on it so that - if god wants – it will happen one day.”
Brizuela would be an asset to various teams in the Premier League and it is anything but unlikely that his value will increase during the World Cup. Together with the attacking midfielder Marco Fabian from Cruz Azul and the striker Raul Jimenez from America he symbolizes the golden future of Mexican football.
Liverpool are looking for a left winger right now, but also Arsenal or Manchester United could use a player like him. Toluca are also called the Red Devils in Mexico so he wouldn’t even have to get used to a new nickname of the team.
We will see if the small rabbit might play together with the little pea in Old Trafford next season.