Rafa Marquez was born on February 13, 1979 in the city of Zamora, Mexico. He is considered to be one of Mexico?s all time greatest defenders. Before signing to the New York Red Bulls in 2010, Marquez played for many top European clubs including Atlas, Monaco, and even Barcelona FC.
In 2006, he became the first Mexican to win the UEFA Champions League when Barcelona defeated Arsenal in the final. He began playing professionally at the age of 17, and made his first international cap the next year at only 18 years of age.
He signed with New York on August 8th, 2010 thus being reunited with former Barcelona super-star Thierry Henry