Soccer striker Carlos Ruiz is arguably the most famous sportsman that Guatemala has ever produced, having played for the national team, as well as MLS clubs LA Galaxy and FC Dallas among others. Here’s everything you didn’t know about the world record holder.
He had a tough childhood
Ruiz was brought up in zone 21, a deprived neighbourhood in Guatemala City. He honed his skills playing in the streets with his friends, and still visits the area today.
He’s a world record holder
‘Pescado’ or ‘Fish,’ as Ruiz is known, holds the record for the most goals scored in World Cup qualifying matches. Despite knocking in 39 goals over five qualification competitions, Ruiz never managed to carry Guatemala to an international tournament.
Un video agradeciendo sus muestras de cariño el pasado 15 de septiembre cuando cumplí 38 años. Y un mensaje con mi sentir por el actual momento que esta viviendo mi tan amada Guatemala. La foto en blanco y negro es porque todos los guatemaltecos estamos de luto por el penoso y mediocre accionar de algunos servidores públicos. Saludos a todos. 👉Link👈 en biografía 🙄
He won MLS’s Most Valuable Player award
Fish spent eight seasons in Major League Soccer (MLS) in the United States. In the 2002 season he played for LA Galaxy and won the Most Valuable Player award.
Un Lobo 🐺 Guevara y un Fish 🐠 Ruiz hablando de fútbol, gusto de verte viejo amigo, muchas veces rival y por algunos meses compañero de equipo en @torontofc. Te deseo todo lo mejor este año y entre mis deseos esta que te nombren el nuevo entrenador del país que te vio nacer y con el cual fuiste brillante siempre que te ponías la camiseta de con la H. Éxitos querido amigo. #honduras #guatemala #catracho #chapin #hermanos #centroamericanos #proximoentrenadordehonduras #mlssoccer
He works as a sports pundit
After he retired, Carlos Ruiz took the well-worn path from professional sports to punditry. He works as an analyst for Be:In Sports, based in Miami.
He has a tricky reputation
Over the course of his career, Ruiz was notorious for his mastery of the footballing dark arts as much as his goal scoring exploits. Teammates voted him the player that they would least like to play against, because he would stop at nothing to win.
He’s running for president of national football federation
The striker has always been a leader in the dressing room, and that experience inspired a bid for the presidency of Guatemala’s national football federation. As things stand, the body is plagued with allegations of corruption, but Ruiz has vowed to clean things up if he is elected president.
Con mis hermanitos @marcopappa10 y @moyo_10 de las tantas cosas que extraño de jugar fútbol a nivel profesional es jugar con estos 2 Cracks. Fui bendecido en mi carrera como futbolista, jugar con muchas figuras y muchos compañeros en el mundo, pero nunca sentí lo que sentía cuando jugaba por mi selección. Postearé fotos de mis amigos y ex compañeros de selección inéditas porque el cariño y admiración trascendió más que allá que unos cuantos partidos de fútbol. ABRAZO DE GOL
He’s known as a party boy
Fish has never hidden his love for partying. He is known to be a regular fixture in bars and nightclubs, and sometimes got in trouble for missing training sessions.
He enjoys social media
Ruiz is an example of a rare public figure that engages with the public on social media. He is known for his outspoken comments on everything from corruption in Guatemala to the national football squad. The striker also once picked a fight on Twitter with Guatemala’s most famous singer, Ricardo Arjona.
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He owns a mezcal brand
The Mexican agave spirit mezcal has been growing more popular around the world in recent years – Ruiz recently launched his own brand, Hechizo mezcal, which is currently on sale in the US and Guatemala.
He’s a polarizing figure
For some people Carlos Ruiz is a hero to be celebrated, and others allege that he could have been even greater if he had concentrated fully on his career. His active social media presence means that Ruiz continues to evoke strong public reaction even though he is no longer playing football.