Last Saturday, Cuauhtémoc Blanco was finally honored with a Club América farewell game, the team he spent most of his career with and whose fans idolize him. Blanco had not played since 2007, but the 43-year-old mayor spent 36 minutes in a regular Liga MX game against Morelia at a packed Azteca Stadium. A particular highlight was when he almost scored a golazo only eight minutes into the match.
— Pura Pasion (@purapasiontv) March 5, 2016
— juanfutbol (@juanfutbol) March 6, 2016
Cuando sientas que no te valoran en tu trabajo, solo recuerda que a Cuauhtémoc Blanco le hicieron su despedida 10 años después.
— Un Loco Sin Mecate (@javocrazy) February 27, 2016
Although most Mexican fans were unhappy to see Cuauhtémoc back on the pitch, the conditions under which this farewell game took place were somewhat questionable, since Blanco is currently Cuernavaca’s mayor. It’s a city with massive security problems, and the Liga MX authorities turned a blind eye to the fact that Cuauhtémoc was registered with América without following proper protocol, particularly since the registration window had long since closed.
— juanfutbol (@juanfutbol) March 5, 2016
So Club America registered Cuauhtémoc Blanco for a farewell appearance in Week 9? Woah…but he definitely deserves going out with CA
— José Yepez (@elJGY) February 22, 2016
Of course, there are those who defend him by stating that a so-called special permit was requested so Cuauhtémoc could be registered.
Puede parecer que se olvidó el artículo 7 del Código de Ética, pero ante la Liga se solicitó permiso especial para el homenaje a Cuauhtémoc.
— Salvador Perez Del F (@YoSoyChavaPerez) February 23, 2016
During his mayoral campaign, Blanco constantly stated he was fed up with traditional politicians, and that if he became Cuernavaca’s mayor, he would institute the rule of the people. His three-day absence from his mayoral duties is permitted by law, since he’s allowed take up to 15 days off for personal time, but it still sends a bad message to those who voted for him and are expecting his promise of non-traditional politics to be an improvement, not just a farce. Even though it’s business-as-usual, his ability to avoid the FEMEXFUT rulebook (albeit with their complicity) remains frustrating.
Aside from the farewell game’s political repercussions, fans of EA Sports’ FIFA video games can now play as Cuauhtémoc Blanco (Level 71).
— León Lecanda (@Leonlec) March 4, 2016
El FIFA 16 es tan real que puedes modificar el tamaño y la forma de la joroba de Cuauhtémoc Blanco para tener mayor balance y estabilidad.
— Evo de Metal (@vooltreker) March 4, 2016
Only in Mexico do you get a 43-year-old mayor playing brilliant professional soccer, while his city suffers.