'La pelota siempre al 10' is one of the most common phrases used in Mexican football to describe how talented the No. 10 player of a team really is.
That is exactly the case when it comes to the Real Betis winger, Diego Lainez, who is representing Mexico's Men's National Team in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics this summer.
The Villahermosa, Tabasco native plays a big role in Jaime Lozano's squad, and it only took him less than 50 minutes to make an impact on the score sheet.
Lainez recorded one assist against the Frenchmen in Mexico's inaugural fixture, as the 'Tricolor' defeated France 4-1 with Alexis Vega, Sebastian Cordova, Uriel Antuna and Edu Aguirre as the goalscorers.
The left-footed 20 year-old gave the Mexican side a lot of verticality and speed down the right wing, which caused the French the struggle since the first minute of play.
In the fist half Lainez could've recorded two assists more, setting up perfectly Vega and Henry Martín as well, but unfortunately they couldn't capitalize the great plays from the Betis winger.
Lainez had his most participatory season with the Spanish team last season, registering four assists in 25 games played for Real Betis, including great performances against the best clubs in La Liga Santander.
Back in 2012, Mexico defeated Brazil 2-1 in the London Olympic Games final to win its first ever Men's Football Gold Medal, and there's no doubt that they could do it again with this squad.
'El Tri' has a lot of talent with multiple players that could start for teams across Europe's top five leagues, therefore we should consider them as one of the favorites to win the international competition.
Mexico is in Tokyo's Group A along with the French, home-side Japan, and South Africa.