2014 FIFA World Cup: Ochoa’s Play Has Set Him Up For A Big Pay Day

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June 17 2014 Fortazela BRAZIL Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa makes a save against Brazil during the 2014 World Cup at Estadio Castelao Tim GroothuisWitters Sport via USA TODAY Sports

Guillermo Ochoa came into the 2014 World Cup a free agent. Following the tournament he will most likely find a new club.

The Mexican goalkeeper was heroic for his side, and kept them in the tournament. During the group stage he kept two clean sheets: one against Brazil and one against Cameroon. He conceded against Croatia but Mexico was still able to advance into the knockout round.

During Mexico’s round of 16 defeat to the Netherlands, Ochoa was remarkable. He stood on his head for the duration of the 90 minutes, making miraculous save after miraculous save. In the end, his side could not overcome the mighty orange. They were defeated and knocked out of the World Cup.

Despite losing the match, Ochoa was named man of the match following his display. It is nearly unheard of for a losing player, especially a losing goalkeeper to win the man of the match. Claiming this honor is a testament to how well “Memo” Ochoa played.

Ochoa must now focus on finding a new home for the upcoming season. He is currently a free agent, with the ability to sign with any club in the world. The Mexican shot stopper has been linked to a move to the Premier League, and more specifically, with a move to either Arsenal or Liverpool.

Ochoa does also have the option to return to former club A.C Ajaccio.

Ochoa finished the tournament with 22 saves in just four matches, an unprecedented amount, and kept a brilliant clean sheet against the host nation Brazil.

Despite departing the World Cup at only the round of 16, Ochoa has now made himself a household name. He has become an internet sensation with his acrobatic saves, and has been the subject of many internet jokes, including ones about him being a brick wall or having six fingers on each hand.

Ochoa has been able to raise his stock exponentially at the World Cup and looks poised for a big move during the summer transfer market.

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