Remembering Daniel “El Hachita” Ludueña

Liked by many and hated by almost no one, Daniel “Hachita” Ludueña consolidated himself as one of the best foreign players to set foot in Mexico.

Many Argentine players have set foot in Mexico, but none the way Ludueña was able to achieve with his great personality and ambition to win games. Ludueña arrived in Mexico after playing for River Plate in his home country, Ludueña made the move that will begin his 13-year long career in Mexico. Having achieved two Championships in Argentina, he made the switch to Tecos, where he quickly became an essential piece based in Guadalajara. His performances with Tecos were notable that he also was able to add to his goal tally successfully three times.

After disputing four tournaments with Tecos, Daniel made a move that benefited and made him beloved even by more fans. Making a switch to Santos Laguna in 2007, Hachita saw his best years in Mexico by being able to achieve both the Clausura 2008 and 2012 of the Liga MX. Hachita again was an essential piece for his team’s success. During his time in Santos, Hachita appeared a total of 242 times and was able to find the back of the net 72 goals and provided 62 assists.

Daniel Luduena (C) of Santos celebrates his goal against Monterrey with his teammates Rodolfo Salinas (L) and Christian Suarez (R), during their Mexican Clausura 2012 tournament football match, in Torreon, Coahuila State, Mexico on May 20, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Julio Cesar Aguilar (Photo credit should read Julio Cesar Aguilar/AFP/GettyImages)

After completing a total of six years with the club, Daniel left Santos as an iconic and legendary player for the club. In the Clausura 2013, he joined the Mexican team Tuzos de Pachuca where he was only able to bring joy to the fans for a total of two tournaments. During his time in Pachuca, Daniel was able to score a total of two goals, his lowest goalscoring tally with any of the clubs he represented.

After one year, Pumas contacted Hachita in 2014 and brought him to Ciudad Universitaria. Ludueña quickly became an extraordinary set-piece for Pumas, where he continued to perform well for the Auriazulez. He came close to winning a championship with Pumas in the Apertura 2005, where Pumas lost in a penalty shootout at home against Tigres. Ludueña, after 91 games, ten goals, and 19 assists, left the Universitarios and returned to his home country and played just a couple of months with Club Atletico Talleres.

Following a couple of months in Talleres, Hachita made one last stop in Mexico where he joined Tampico Madero in 2017, where he played his last 25 games and scored seven times before officially retiring on August 16th of 2018.

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Daniel “El Hachita” Ludueña is one of those irreplaceable players that have set foot in Mexico. A legend who loved the game and his desire to win games made him an extraordinary person on and off the field.

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