Guillermo Ochoa: Early Life, Professional Career & Net Worth

Francisco Guillermo Ochoa Magaña, well-known as Guillermo Ochoa, is currently playing football for Club América.

Standing tall at 6 ft, the 37-year-old player is a goalkeeper for the league Liga MX’s club.

He made his debut in 2004 with the same club in the league that he is in now, Club América.

Apart from that, Ochoa is also the goalkeeper of Mexico’s national team and has played for his country on various occasions.

Guillermo Ochoa
The handsome goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa

Since Ochoa has been gaining momentum in his international career, many of his fans might be curious about his life.

Guillermo Ochoa: Quick Facts

Let us look at some of the quick facts about Guillermo Ochoa before we go into further details of his life and career.

Full NameFrancisco Guillermo Ochoa Magaña
Birth Date13th July 1985
Birth PlaceGuadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Known asGuillermo Ochoa, Memo
ReligionChristian
NationalityMexican
EthnicityHispanic
EducationJohan Cruyff Institute
HoroscopeCancer
Father’s NameGuillermo Ochoa Sánchez
Mother’s Name Natalia Magaña Orozco
SiblingsOne sister; Ana Laura Ochoa Magaña
Age37 years old
Height6 feet (1.80m)
Weight78 kgs
BuildUnknown
Body MeasurementsUnknown
Hair colorBlack
Eye colorDark Brown
ProfessionFootballer
Active Years 2004-present
Marital Status Married
Spouse Karla Moro
Children Lucianna Ochoa Mora, Guillermo Ochoa
Net Worth$5 million
Social MediaFacebook, InstagramTwitter
Last UpdateSeptember, 2022

Guillermo Ochoa – Early Life, Age, and Height

The athletic Guillermo Ochoa was born on 13th July 1985 to mother Natalia Magaña Orozco and father Guillermo Ochoa Sánchez in Jalisco, Mexico. His family later moved to Mexico City in his early childhood.

Ochoa’s family owned and ran a bakery, and he helped his family in the bakery in his free time apart from playing football.

He even used his siblings to help him play, often asking his sisters to pass him balls when there was no one else to play with within the courtyard.

Ochoa during a match
Guillermo Ochoa during a match right after blocking the ball from hitting the net

Seeing his dedication and love for the sport, his family sent him to the eponymous capital club’s football academy. That is where he received his first nickname, “Memo,” which has stuck till today.

The shortened form of his name that his friends at the football academy gave the 6-foot tall goalkeeper.

Guillermo Ochoa started his career at the football club America. His coach in the team, Leo Beenhakker, allowed him to play in the main team.

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Guillermo Ochoa – Professional Life, Football, Clubs

Early Career of Ochoa

At 18 years, Guillermo made his first-ever senior-level professional debut with Club América in 2004.

His first win of the league title came in 2005 when he played as the starting, first-choice goalkeeper of the club.

Guillermo Ochoa
Guillermo Ochoa “Memo” in action

He stayed with the club until 2011 and made over 200 appearances for the team. Ochoa was a brilliant goalkeeper, and his head coach saw that as he replaced the injured legend Adolfo Ríos.

Likewise, Guillermo continued to share the starting goalkeeping position with Ríos when he recovered from the injury.

As a result of his performance, Ochoa won the Rookie of the Tournament award in his rookie year.

It was widely speculated that Ochoa would be solely handling the club’s goalkeeping duties after Ríos retired, but the new head coach, scar Ruggeri bought in new goalkeepers.

This decision of the coach was widely criticized, and even the decision was extremely unpopular.

As a result, he was fired, and Ochoa regained his former position of the main goalkeeper of the club as instilled by the new coach Mario Carrillo.

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After that, excluding a few injuries and national team obligations, Ochoa started all the Club América. He won his first-ever championship for Club América in the Clausura 2005 season.

Similarly, Ochoa also led the team to win the 2005 Campeon de Campeones and the 2006 CONCACAF Champions Cup.

Guillermo Ochoa also won the prestigious Golden Gloves award for 2006 and 2007 continuously.

Mexican Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa after a save
Mexican Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa after a save

In 2007 October, France Football named him as the candidate for the prestigious Ballon d’Or. Also, he was one of the three players to be named who did not play in Europe.

Guillermo was a fantastic sight to watch in 2008 as he was in top form. He helped Club América win the InterLiga tournament and performed excellently throughout the season.

Ochoa’s most notable match of the season would have to be with Monarcas Morelia, in which he saved a late penalty kick.

Guillermo Ochoa celebrating a save
Guillermo Ochoa celebrating after a win.

According to multiple English newspapers like the Metro, there were many speculations about European teams like Manchester United being interested in signing Ochoa.

Guillermo Ochoa played his last for Club América in the Clausura 2011, where the club reached the quarter-finals before being defeated by Monarcas Morelia.

Later Decade of his Career

After saying goodbyes to his previous club, Club América, Ochoa signed a 3-year contract with Ajaccio with an additional one-year option.

The French team was recently promoted to Ligue 1, and Ochoa played in the first two friendly matches against Bordeaux and Real Sociedad, losing both the games.

Guillermo Ochoa saving his net
Guillermo Ochoa saving his net

Ochoa’s official debut with the team was in August 2011 against Toulouse, which they lost. Ochoa’s first season with Ajaccio consisted of 8 clean sheets, 43 saves, and 151 blocks.

He had 59 goals conceded, making him the most scored keeper of the season and Alexis Thébaux. Ochoa was voted player of the year despite this fact by the fans.

Another season started a little slow for Ochoa because of the rumors of clubs like Sevilla and  Fenerbahçe showed interest in him.

Unfortunately, Ochoa’s manager and the clubs could not get into a solid agreement.

The 2012-13 season started in August and played against big-name teams like Paris Saint-Germain and Valenciennes.

He finished the season with 12 clean sheets, and fans named him once again Player of the Season.

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Ochoa played his 100th match in Europe for Ajaccio and lost 0-2 to Nice. Guillermo Ochoa played his last match for Ajaccio against Bastia that resulted in a loss.

Ochoa hopped to the La Liga Club Málaga and signed a three-year deal. Guillermo did not get any appearances for the club despite having signed the deal.

Guillermo Ochoa for Club America
Guillermo Ochoa for Club America

He went back to the substitute bench after playing a few matches withdrawing against Deportivo de La Coruña in the Copa del Ray.

Carlos Kameni was the first choice of goalkeeper for the club manager, Javi Gracia.

There were quite a few speculations about Ochoa going to Liverpool in a  £4 million deal. However, it did not go through.

Málaga expressed their pleasure to have retained Ochoa and mentioned that he was a “professional.”

In 2016, Ochoa made his official debut in La Liga for Málaga as Carlos Kameni got injured mid-match. This was the first league appearance for Guillermo Ochoa in over a year.

Guillermo Ochoa made his debut in Granada.

Málaga loaned Ochoa for a season to Granada for the 2016 season. He made his debut for Granada in a match against Villareal that ended in a draw.

Ochoa finished the season for Granada by playing every minute of the game for the entire season and became the player with the most saves in the top five leagues in Europe.

The Mexican footballer was also the player with the most goals conceded. The Club’s fans again named Guillermo Ochoa the Player of the season.

Guillermo Ochoa with his kids answering to press
Guillermo Ochoa with his kids with an overwhelming crowd of fans.

After his season with Granada was over, Ochoa signed a two-year contract with the Belgian Club Standard Liège. He played 38 out of the 40 total games that the club played as he was their first choice.

The next season, Ochoa played all the matches and spent all the minutes in the field for Standard Liège.

However, in 2019, Ochoa suggested that he is not interested in playing for Standard Liège anymore as he did not resign contracts.

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In August 2019, Ochoa surprised everyone and returned to the first club that gave him his debut as a goalkeeper, Club América. He signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with the club.

The transfer details were not disclosed. However, it is reported and speculated that he is the highest-paid Mexican player in Liga MX with an annual salary of $1.5 million.

His first match upon return was with Tigres UNAL. It ended in a draw.

At the start of his 2020-21 season, he was seen sporting a captain’s armband and jersey number 13 despite initially choosing jersey number 6 when he signed.

Guillermo Ochoa has also played for the Mexican Football Team numerous times as he debuted on the team list in 2004 for Greece Olympics.

Ochoa wishing everyone a Merry Christmas!!

He has played in the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Copa America, 2010 World Cup Qualification, 2014 FIFA World Cup, where he even won Man of the Match.

Ochoa also played in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Guillermo Ochoa – Awards and Achievements

Here are some awards and achievements of Ochoa during his football career.

  • Mexican Primera División Best Rookie: 2003–04
  • CONCACAF Gold Cup All-Tournament Team: 2009
  • Ajaccio Fan’s Player of the Season: 2011–12, 2012–13
  • Ajaccio Player of the Month: August 2013, September 2013
  • Granada Fan’s Player of the Season: 2016–17
  • Standard Liège Player of the Season: 2018–19
  • CONCACAF Gold Cup Golden Glove Award: 2019
  • CONCACAF Gold Cup Best XI: 2019
  • Liga MX All-Star: 2021

Guillermo Ochoa – Personal Life, Wife, Kids & Net Worth

Ochoa has had quite a few experiences in his dating life as he dated a few beautiful ladies.

The handsome goalkeeper dated Mexican actress, singer, and songwriter Dulce Maria in 2005, but the duo broke up a year later.

When Ochoa moved to France, he began dating another Mexican model Karla Mora. The couple welcomed their first child, Luciana, in 2013 in Corsica.

Guillermo Ochoa with his beautiful wife Karla Moro and his kids, Lucciana and Guillermo Jr.
Guillermo Ochoa with his beautiful wife Karla Moro and his kids, Lucciana and Guillermo Jr.

Their second child, their only son, was born in 2015. They got married in 2017 in Ibiza, Spain, and welcomed their third child and second daughter in 2019.

There is a personal story attached to why Ochoa plays in Jersey Number 13 despite being considered unlucky. It is after his birthdate, which is 13th July.

He has also graced the North American FIFA 08 and FIFA 09 covers of the FIFA games.

Guillermo Ochoa is estimated to have a net worth of $5 million and a yearly income of about $1.5 million.

Net Worth of Guillermo Ochoa in Different Currencies

Let’s have a look into Guillermo Ochoa’s net worth in different currencies, including the cryptocurrency BitCoin. 

CurrencyNet Worth
Euro4,312,475 
Pound Sterling£3,715,175 
Australian DollarA$6,944,900 
Canadian DollarC$6,363,575 
Indian Rupee371,298,750 
BitCoin฿116 

FAQs for Guillermo Ochoa

Does Ochoa use Social Media?

Yes, Guillermo Ochoa is on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Why does Guillermo Ochoa use jersey number 13?

It is based on his birthday, 13th July.

What is the Mexico Jersey Number of Ochoa?

Ochoa wears the Jersey number of 13.

Did Guillermo Announce his Retirement From His Football Career?

No, the Mexican professional football player has not announced his retirement from his football career yet.

Which Brand GoalKeeper Goals is used by Ochoa?

Ochoa has six fingers in his hand. So he uses specially made gloves from the Nike.

What is the Relation in-between Guillermo Ochoa and David Ochoa?

Both Guillermo and David Ochoa are Mexican football goalkeepers.

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