America gets a natural born killer: Oribe Peralta

America has always been known as the team in Mexico that has boasted the best attacking talent in history. With Televisa’s economic muscle behind them,…

Mexico’s Oribe Peralta, center left, celebrates a goal against New Zealand in the World Cup Football qualifier at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/SNPA, John Cowpland)

America has always been known as the team in Mexico that has boasted the best attacking talent in history.

With Televisa’s economic muscle behind them, las Aguilas have seen talent like Zague, Luis Hernandez, Zamorano, Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Reinaldo Navia and the late Chucho Benitez suit up for the Gold and Blue and become integral for the club’s ambitions.

Since Benitez left to Qatar last summer, America decided to hire veteran Luis Gabriel Rey and trust the development of young superstar Raul Jimenez would help the team reach its second and potential third Liga MX final in a row.

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The bet did not go too badly, as the team was quite solid in the Clausura 2013, reaching the final and losing to Leon. Then, in the recent Apertura 2014, the team did not make it past the quarterfinals, but they were able to compete very well and lay the base to reap the benefits next year.

And that’s exactly where Oribe Peralta comes into the picture.

The former Santos striker has been the top striker in the country since he exploded into a superstar in the London 2012 Olympic Games. Although a late bloomer, Peralta has used his experience to rule the goal scoring statistics in Mexico in the last two years.

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Peralta has scored close to 60 goals in the last 5 tournaments with Santos, and has been approached by some of the top teams in Europe the last two summers in order to make the big jump on his career.

However, at 30 years of age, Peralta has decided to join the Mexican giant and forget about the possibility of migrating to a more competitive soccer league, and starting next season he will defend las Aguilas.

America paid 10 million dollars for his transfer, and would love nothing more than to see Peralta join Jimenez in their attacking line.

However, the club’s plan may vary as it seems Jimenez (23 years old) may actually sign for a European team, as he has also been getting noticed in the last months because of his great performances in the national team and with America.

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Jimenez has a serious offer from FC Porto to join them next season, and it’s also rumored that Arsenal and Inter Milan have shown interest to sign him.

Should Jimenez end up leaving, Oribe Peralta will need to take the responsibility of owning the role of main striker and goal scorer for America, something he is more than ready to do both in Santos and el Tri.

Before that, Peralta will join Miguel Herrera in Brazil for the World Cup, where he hopes to make his name even more known in soccer’s main stage.

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