He’s Mexico’s all-time leading scorer in international fútbol… But Jared Borgetti could soon be earning acclaim in another sport.
The 39-year-old Mexican soccer star, who retired from the sport in December 2010, is thinking about competing in marathons.
“It’s tough to run 42 kilometers and 195 meters (26.2 miles), but accessible for a high performance athlete like me,” Borgetti, known as El Zorro del Desierto, told Efe n Torreon, where he served as grand marshal of Sunday’s marathon. “If I decide to do it, I will need good physical preparation and serious mental training.”
Borgetti, who will turn 40 in August, retired from professional soccer with a lifetime tally of 258 goals, including 46 with the Mexican national squad.
“I just ran a 12.5 kilometer (7.7 mile) race to accompany my wife and I wanted to throw in the towel after that. I don’t know how these guys endure so much,” he said of the 4,500 runners in the Torreon marathon.
During his career, the striker played for Mexico’s Atlas, Santos Laguna, Dorados, Pachuca, Cruz Azul, Monterrey, Guadalajara, Puebla, Morelia and León, as well as England’s Bolton Wanderers and Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ittihad.