Mexican striker, Oribe Peralta was named the CONCACAF player of the year for 2013 yesterday, beating Americans, Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey to the prize. The Santos Laguna front man scored 11 goals in the Torneo Apertura before eventually being eliminated by Leon and also played a huge part in Mexico’s demolition of New Zealand in the World Cup Playoff, scoring a hat trick in the Second Leg.
Those most recent goals for El Tri make an impressive international record, as Peralta has now scored 15 in just 24 appearances. His role has also overshadowed that of Chicharito Hernandez, and it will be Peralta who Mexico will look to in Brazil next year.
It is little wonder that even at the age of 29, Peralta is linked with a move to Europe. having caught the attention of a number of scouts in the Mexican side that won Olympic gold in London, Peralta has continued to impress. His movement, work rate and finishing would make him an asset at any level and even the likes of Manchester United have reportedly been interested.
CONCACAF also honoured Club America striker, Raul Jimenez with the prize for best goal. His dramatic overhead kick winner against Panama in October was a worthy winner.
Chivas and Mexico under 17s keeper, Raul Gudino was runner up for Best Goalkeeper, behind Everton’s, Tim Howard and Marco Antonio Rodriguez was named referee of the year to complete Mexico’s honours.