In Pumas’ 65-year long history, just like any other team, there have been conquests, defeats, strange situations, and, most importantly, notable soccer players.
Pumas has seen many players come and go, players who knew the meaning of being an Auriazul. Players who knew what it meant and showed that consistency on the field. There has been, of course, players who were in it for the money. Many players have been in the ranks of Pumas, but there’s been a few who left as legends.
We take a look back at three players who not only left as legends, but as the top three goal-scorers in Pumas’ history: Luis Postigo, Hugo Sánchez, and Evanivaldo “Cabinho” Castro. Three of the most deadliest strikers that Pumas fans have witnessed.
3- Luis Postigo
In 1984 coming out of Pumas’ youth system, at just 17 years old, Postigo was soon to become a legend for the club. Postigo, after a total of 195 appearances for the Auriazules, his shots turned into goals for a total of 75 times. For a total of 38.4% of his games, he was on the score sheet. An impressive statistic considering coming off the youth system and making his name for himself. Postigo’s outstanding performance at Pumas landed him an opportunity abroad where he joined Atlético Madrid in 1992.
2- Hugo Sánchez
Starting at just 18 years old, Sánchez made his way onto the first team and soon was to become a lethal goalscorer for the club. While studying at school at the same time, Sánchez was scoring goals and making a name for himself. After 188 caps for Pumas, he managed to find the back of the net a total of 97 times. Hugo, managed to celebrate his goals, a total of 51.5% of his games. His success at the club landed him as well an opportunity abroad, and he then would sign for Atlético Madrid in 1981.
1- Evanivaldo “Cabinho” Castro
Coming from Brazilian team Portuguesa, Brazilian-born superstar “Cabinho” first was introduced to Mexico in the 1974/75 season. He went on to become the league’s top scorer for four consecutive years in his remaining four years with Pumas. “Cabinho” went on to score a total of 151 goals in his 184 appearances for the Auriazules equaling 82.1% of him being on the scoresheet. “Cabinho” became the club’s top goalscorer, and it will be long before anyone reaches his tally with the club.
Players like them were incredible to see back in the day, knowing today’s footballing system is hard for a player to reach that kind of number for a team. We will see one day those numbers get beaten, and it just takes a particular player to do so, a player that fits Pumas’ ethics will be able to see greatness and success in the club and especially, the fans.