Guillermo Luis Franco Farquarson
(born 3 November 1976) is an Argentine
-born Mexican football striker
who plays for Vélez Sársfield
. He also played for the Mexico national team
, until his international retirement in September 2010.
Guille Franco was born in Corrientes
, the capital city of the Corrientes Province
Franco began his career with Argentine Primera División
side San Lorenzo
, playing with the team from 1996 to 2002 mainly as a right winger
He then joined Mexican Monterrey
in the middle of 2002, and made his debut during the 2002 Apertura. Franco was very successful with the Rayados
, and led the league in scoring during the 2004 Apertura with 15 goals in 16 games, playing as a striker
. He was part of the team that won the Primera División de México
championship in 2003 and achieved runner-up position twice in 2004 and 2005.
Subsequently, Franco spent 3 years in Spain playing for Villarreal
, but his spell was plagued with injuries. The forward, however, scored a goal that qualified Villarreal for the UEFA Cup
, in a 1–0 victory against Celta de Vigo
West Ham United
In September 2009, Franco signed for West Ham United
on a one year contract, becoming the first Mexican to play for the Hammers. On 25 September, it was disclosed that due to West Ham's perilous financial situation following former chairman Björgólfur......