The box-to-box born in Mexico
Born in 1990, in Rosarito, a poor suburb that was once part of the famous Tijuana, Mexico, Herrera has a humble background. That is reflected on his football, void of complications: fast, the midfielder has an impressive run, allowing him to gain several meters and making his way to the goal fast.
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Usually, these players are described as having a “vertical” football, but Herrera can also be called a “box-to-box” midfielder, as he moves everywhere to get the ball and disrupt the opponent’s movements and passing lines. His thin figure is deceiving given the determination he shows on the pitch and he also has a powerful shot. He might be stopping a play on one second and starting his own play on the next, offering intensity and energy to the game.
Voted the MVP at the Tournoi de Toulon, in 2011, won by Mexico, he was also considered the best newcomer in the Mexican league, on that same year. He was formed at Pachuca, debuting in the main squad in 2011, after spending a year with the reserve squad, Tampico Madero. His professional career led him to where many want to go, but few can: FC Porto is his home since the summer of 2013. He took a spot in the white and blue midfield half way through season 2013/14 and, thanks to that, was called for the 2014 World Cup, where he proved to be one of the key players for Mexico, reaching the round of 16.
In 2014/15, he was in almost every starting team, playing 46 matches and scoring seven goals, four of which for the UEFA Champions League, including the single goal that allowed the Dragons to win in Lille, in the first leg of the qualification play-off to the group stage. In 2015/16, after a period of a certain inconsistency, Herrera finally grabbed his spot and is even regularly named captain of the team, a statute he retains today. After over four years at FC Porto, he has already played over 150 official matches.