The reason why Mexico's Rafael Marquez can't be man of the match at World Cup

Germany v Mexico: Group F - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

The majority of the footballing world was stunned on Sunday in Moscow as Mexico shocked the world champions Germany, defeating them 1-0 at the Luzhniki Stadium.

Hirving Lozano's first-half winner reportedly caused an 'artificial earthquake' in Mexico City, the PSV winger showing his potential on the planet's greatest footballing stage by firing past Manuel Neuer in the German goal.

The Mexicans looked dangerous every time they went forward on the counter attack, with Lozano, Carlos Vela and Javier Hernandez making themselves menaces to an opposition back-line that is normally impossible to penetrate, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng being two of the best in the world in their trade.

Despite the new wave of talent in their side, Mexico's squad still has a wealth of tournament experience, and that includes the evergreen defender Rafael Marquez.

Marquez is still going strong at the age of 39, and this year's edition of the World Cup is incredibly the fifth one he's competed at, as he came off the bench against Germany to earn his 145th official cap for his nation.

Should Marquez start and play incredibly well in a match at the tournament though, he will be prohibited from being named the official man of the match, and there's a very good reason for it.

New York Times reporter Tariq Panja has revealed that Marquez is on an official United States government black-list, as they believe he's one of the figures that have helped launder money for drug cartels in his home nation.

This means that American businesses and banks can have nothing to do with Marquez, meaning he can't sport the same sponsored training attire his team-mates wear, or drink from the same branded water bottles that his compatriots use.

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This also means that he can't win the official man of the match award because it's sponsored by American beer Budweiser, something which surely hasn't ever happened at a major tournament before.

Marquez's alleged goings-on have also caused issues for FIFA, who had to send Mexico's $1.5 million preparation fee for the World Cup via non-United States banks because they will have nothing to do with him, despite accepting no payment for his performances.

Despite not being a regular starter for his country in 2018, and with all the controversy surrounding his name, Marquez will probably accept all this if it means his country can equal their record-best of a quarter-final finish in Russia.

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