Born In: Tepeji, Hidalgo, Mexico
Raúl Jiménez is a professional footballer from Mexico who plays as a forward for the English Premier League club, ‘Wolverhampton Wanderers’. He began his career in Mexico with ‘Club América’. He began his European stint by joining La Liga giants, ‘Atletico Madrid’ but soon moved to Portuguese powerhouse, ‘Benfica’ where he saw a lot of success. It was in ‘Benfica’ that he developed an eye for a pass, which in tandem with his goal scoring skills made him a player to have. Soon, he was approached by Premier League side, ‘Wolverhampton’. It was there that he became recognized as a lethal forward. At the international level, Raúl Jiménez has represented his country, Mexico, in one Summer Olympics, two World Cups and numerous CONCACAF zone tournaments. His most memorable tournament was the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup, where he helped Mexico win the tournament for the eighth time, and was adjudged as one of the most influential players in the competition.
Girlfriend: Daniela Basso
Also Known As: Raúl Alonso Jiménez Rodríguez
father: Raúl Jiménez Vega
mother: Martha Rodríguez
siblings: Miranda Jiménez, Raúl André
Born Country: Mexico
awards: 2014 - Best Play ESPY Award
2014 - Premio Juventud for Most Electrifying Athlete - Sports
2013 - Premio Juventud for Promising New Player - Sports
Raúl Jiménez made his professional debut as a forward for ‘Club América’ on October 9, 2011 against Monarcas Morelia in the Apertura (summer) tournament and scored his first career goal later that month against Puebla. He made a total of eighteen appearances and scored two goals in his debut season for his club.
In the 2012-2013, Liga BBVA MX season, he was given a starting spot as one of the two front men in Club América’s 5-3-2 formation. He made sixteen appearances and scored four goals in the 2012 Apertura. He scored another eight goals in the Clausura phase of the tournament. His team was crowned champion in that tournament.
In 2015, West Ham, an English Premier League club tried to sign him on loan, but the deal fell through. He instead signed a five-year contract with Benfica, a big club in the Portuguese League (Liga NOS), and joined them on August 13, 2015.
He played a total of three seasons for Benfica, and the match against Tondela on December 17, 2017, marked his 100th match for the club (in all competitions).
He joined Wolverhampton, a newly promoted English Premier League side, on a season long loan on June 12, 2018. He scored 17 goals, and made 8 assists in the 2018-2019 season, making him Wolverhampton’s most prolific goal scorer since Steven Fletcher. The club too secured a Europa League spot for the next season.
Raúl Jiménez is in a committed relationship with Mexican starlet, Daniela Basso since 2017. Daniela is a well-known telenovela actress in Mexico. The two were blessed with their first child, a daughter, on July 21, 2020. They welcomed their second child named Ander in May 2022.
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