Here’s what you need to know about him:
1. He Scored the Game-Winning Goal Against Cameroon
After teammate Giovani dos Santos‘s two goals were called back before the second half, Peralta, assisted by dos Santos scored the only official goal of the game to beat Cameroon in the 61st minute of the game.
Peralta told FIFA.com:
I was just in the right place at the right time.”
I’m glad to have played my part in those victories, but it’s a team effort. It falls to me to put the ball in, because I’m the closest player to the goal, but it comes as a result of everybody’s hard work.”
2. He is the Best Paid Mexican Footballer in History
Peralta’s annual salary was also amped up to $2.5 million, the highest of any Mexican player ever.
3. He Scored Both Goals in the Final Match of the 2012 London Olympics
Peralta was by far the MVP of the 2012 London Olympics. The super star played in every match for the Mexican national team, coming in clutch with a goal in the semifinal match vs. Japan in the 65th minute to move on the final round.
Peralta made an even bigger impact in the final gold medal match against Brazil by scoring both of Mexico’s goals to win the 2012 London Olympics with a score of 2-1. The talented striker put Mexico in the lead in the first 29 seconds of the game with a goal against the Brazilian powerhouse to set a record for the fastest goal scored in any FIFA tournament final. Watch the video above of his record-setting goal.
Peralta’s second goal was netted in the 75th minute of the final to close the match.
4. His Wife is Present At Every Game
Peralta is married to the beautiful Monica Quintana and has two children, Romina and Diego. Peralta and his wife are known to have a very tight relationship, supporting each other in everything they do.
Quintana can be found in the stands at all of Peralta’s games.
5. This is His First World Cup
Although Peralta is seen as a key player to Mexico now, he did not make the cuts for both the Mexican 2006 and 2010 World Cup teams.