By his early 20’s Blanco has settled into a starting spot in the Club América first team leading to his first national team call up in 1995. A loan move to Nexaca in 97/98 seemed to be the catalyst his domestic career needed and in the summer of 1998 his talents would be admired on a global stage. ⠀
It was June 13th when a 25 year old Blanco, in his first of 3 world cups, would stamp his name onto the global footballing consciousness. Driven to near the corner flag by two South Korean defenders Blanco improvised, placing the ball between his feet and hopping between the two. Moments later he repeated the feat. It would be utilised again against Germany later in the tournament and the Cuauhtemiña was born. Was he the first footballer to put a ball between his feet and jump? No, but he did it at a World Cup and that was Cuauhtémoc, a born showman. His other trademark skills were the jorobiña (“little hunchback flick”) and the nalguiña (“little arse flick”) which alone should qualify him for legendary status.