Birthday: May 5, 1991
Girlfriend: Daniela Basso
Age: 30 Years, 30 Year Old Males
Sun Sign: Taurus
Also Known As: Raúl Alonso Jiménez Rodríguez
Born Country: Mexico
Born in: Tepeji, Hidalgo, Mexico
Famous as: Football Player
Height: 6'3" (190 cm), 6'3" Males
father: Raúl Jiménez Vega
mother: Martha Rodríguez
siblings: Miranda Jiménez, Raúl André
awards: 2014 - Best Play ESPY Award
2014 - Premio Juventud for Most Electrifying Athlete - Sports
2013 - Premio Juventud for Promising New Player - Sports
Who is Raúl Jiménez?
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.
Childhood & Early Life
Raúl Alonso Jiménez Rodríguez was born on May 5, 1991, to Raúl Jiménez Vega and Martha Rodriguez, in the quaint lakeside town of Tepeji in Mexico. The eldest of four children, he has two brothers, André and Raul, and a sister named Miranda.
In 2008, he was talent scouted by the Mexican football club, ‘Club América’, as one of their many academy players.
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Raúl Jiménez made his professional debut as a forward for ‘Club América’ on October 9th, 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 18 appearances and scored two goals in his debut season for his club.
He was part of the Mexican football team for 2012 London Olympics. His first match was as a substitute against South Korea in the group stages. Mexico went on to win the gold medal after defeating Brazil in the final.
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.
Raúl Jiménez scored against Panama in the World Cup qualifier to help Mexico qualify for the 2014 World Cup. He thus confirmed his place in Mexico’s 23-man squad for mega footballing event and made his debut in the tournament against Brazil.
His final game for Club América was against Tigres UANL on August 9, 2014. A week later, he completed his transfer to Spanish League giants, Atlético Madrid for a reported 11-million Euros.
His debut season for Atlético did not go as planned as he only managed to score one goal in the 2014-2015 season.
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 13th August 2015.
He enjoyed a good start as Benfica player, scoring his first goal against Moreirense. He also played a significant role for his team in the Champion’s League and helped Benfica reach the quarter-final stage. That season, Benfica won both the League and Portuguese League Cup, with Raul being the top scorer in the latter competition.
He played a total of three seasons for Benfica, and the match against Tondela on 17th December 2017 marked his 100th match for the club (in all competitions).
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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.
Wolverhampton made his loan move permanent by paying €38 million to Benfica in April 2019, and thus Raúl Jiménez became the club’s most expensive purchase at the time. He responded in kind with 22 goals and 7 assists across all competitions in that season.
To qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Mexico needed to win their last qualifier game against Panama to avoid any complications. Raúl Jiménez’s bicycle kick gave them the goal; the goal won the CONCACAF Goal of the Year.
He was central to Mexico’s exploits in the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup as he chipped in with goals and assists. He played in all of Mexico’s matches and scored five goals.
Awards & Achievements
He won the 2013 COCACAF Goal of the Year for his brilliant goal against Panama.
Raúl Jiménez was top scorer for Benfica in 2015-16 Taça da Liga tournament.
For his heroics in the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup, he was awarded the Golden Ball and featured in the Best XI roster of the tournament.
Family & Personal Life
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 are expecting their first child, an announcement they made in February 2020.
His younger brother, Raúl André, too is pursuing his career in football. Currently, he is one of the goalkeeping prospects in the academy team of Club América.
The Jiménez family is quite popular in their hometown, Tepeji and the community leaders there too have recognized the family through awards.
Back in Mexico, Raúl Jiménez is known by his nickname ‘Alo’, which is shortened version of his middle name – Alonso.