Guillermo Ochoa Biography: Age, Net Worth, Height, Team, Parents, Instagram, Wiki, Wife

February 27, 2024 0 Posted By Johnson Ajiboye

Guillermo Ochoa is a Mexican football star who plays as a goalkeeper for Salernitana, an Italian club, and the Mexico national team, which he also captains.

He is widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the history of Mexican football and has won five CONCACAF Gold Cups with his country.

He is known for his remarkable reflexes, agility, and acrobatic saves, which earned him the nickname “Memo.”


  • Full name: Francisco Guillermo Ochoa Magaña
  • Nickname: Memo
  • Date of birth: July 13, 1985
  • Age: 40 years old
  • Gender: Male
  • Place of birth: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
  • Nationality: Mexican
  • Profession: Professional footballer
  • Height: 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
  • Parents: Guillermo Ochoa Sánchez and Natalia Magaña Orozco
  • Siblings: Ana Laura Ochoa Magaña
  • Spouse: Karla Mora
  • Children: Luciana, Lucciana, and Luciano Ochoa Mora
  • Relationship status: Married
  • Net worth: $15 million

Early Life & Education

Guillermo Ochoa, now 40 years old in 2024, was born on July 13, 1985 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. He grew up in a middle-class family that owned a bakery business.

His parents, Guillermo Ochoa Sánchez and Natalia Magaña Orozco, supported his football aspirations and enrolled him in a local academy when he was five.

He showed great talent and potential as a goalkeeper and was scouted by Club América, one of the biggest teams in Mexico when he was 13 years old. He moved to Mexico City to join the club’s youth system and completed his education there.

Personal Life

Guillermo Ochoa married Karla Mora, a model and TV host, in 2013.

They have two daughters, Luciana and Lucciana, and a son, Luciano, who were all born in France during Ochoa’s stint with Ajaccio and Malaga. The family currently lives in Italy, where Ochoa plays for Salernitana.


Guillermo Ochoa began his professional career with Club América in 2004 after impressing in the youth ranks.

He made his debut at the age of 18 and soon became the first-choice goalkeeper for the team. He helped the club win the Clausura 2005 and Clausura 2006 titles and the 2006 CONCACAF Champions’ Cup.

He also won the Golden Glove award in the 2006 FIFA Club World Cup, where he made outstanding saves against Barcelona and Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors. He played for Club América until 2011, making 241 appearances and scoring one goal from a penalty kick.

In 2011, Ochoa moved to Europe and signed with Ajaccio, a French club that had just been promoted to Ligue 1.

He quickly adapted to the new league and became a fan favorite for his spectacular performances. He saved four penalties in his first season and was named the best goalkeeper in Ligue 1 by France Football magazine.

He also broke the record for the most saves in a single season in Ligue 1 with 186 in the 2012-13 campaign. He stayed with Ajaccio until 2014, playing 112 games and earning his teammates’ and opponents’ respect and admiration.

In 2014, Ochoa joined Malaga, a Spanish club, on a free transfer. He faced competition from Carlos Kameni, the incumbent goalkeeper, and only played 11 games in his first season.

He played more regularly in his second season, making 25 appearances and keeping nine clean sheets.

He also made his Champions League debut with Malaga, playing against Juventus and Borussia Dortmund. He left Malaga in 2017, having played 36 games for the club.

In 2017, Ochoa signed with Standard Liège, a Belgian club, where he became the undisputed starter and the captain. He helped the club win the Belgian Cup 2018 and qualify for the Europa League.

He also won the Belgian Professional Goalkeeper of the Year award in 2018 and 2019. He played 96 games for Standard Liège, conceding 117 goals and keeping 34 clean sheets.

In 2019, Ochoa returned to Mexico and rejoined Club América, where he received a warm welcome from the fans and the staff. He won the Apertura 2019 title with the club, his third league title with América.

He also reached the final of the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League, losing to Monterrey on penalties. He played 50 games for América in his second spell, conceding 58 goals and keeping 16 clean sheets.

In 2021, Ochoa moved back to Europe and signed with Salernitana, an Italian club that had just been promoted to Serie A.

He became the first Mexican player in the Italian top division and the oldest goalkeeper to debut in Serie A at 36. He has played 18 games for Salernitana so far, conceding 35 goals and keeping two clean sheets.

Ochoa has also been a key player for the Mexico national team, which he has represented since 2005. He has played in four World Cups (2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018), where he made memorable saves, such as against Brazil in 2014 and Germany in 2018.

He has also played in six Gold Cups (2007, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2019, and 2021), winning five of them and being named the best goalkeeper in four of them.

He has also played in two Confederations Cups (2009 and 2017) and two Copa América (2007 and 2016).

He is the most capped goalkeeper in Mexico’s history, with 118 appearances, and the third most capped player overall, behind Claudio Suárez and Andrés Guardado.


Some of the awards that Guillermo Ochoa has won throughout his career are:

  • CONCACAF Gold Cup: 2009, 2011, 2015, 2019, 2021
  • CONCACAF Gold Cup Best Goalkeeper: 2009, 2015, 2019
  • Liga MX: Clausura 2005, Clausura 2006, Apertura 2019
  • CONCACAF Champions Cup: 2006
  • Belgian Cup: 2017-18
  • FIFA Club World Cup Golden Glove: 2006
  • Ligue 1 Goalkeeper of the Year: 2011-12
  • Belgian Professional Goalkeeper of the Year: 2017-18, 2018-19
  • CONCACAF Best XI: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • IFFHS CONCACAF Men’s Team of the Decade: 2011-2020


Guillermo Ochoa has faced some controversy in his career, mainly related to doping allegations and transfer issues. In 2011, he was one of five Mexico players who tested positive for clenbuterol, a banned substance, during the Gold Cup.

He was suspended from the tournament but later cleared of wrongdoing, as the positive test was attributed to contaminated meat.

In 2014, he was involved in a legal dispute with Ajaccio, who refused to release him from his contract despite agreeing to do so.

He eventually won the case and was able to join Malaga. In 2019, he was criticized by some Club América fans for leaving the club to join Salernitana, a newly promoted team in Italy, instead of staying with the club that had given him his debut and his second chance.

Social Media

  • Instagram handle: @yosoy8a
  • Twitter handle: @yosoy8a

Net Worth

Guillermo Ochoa has accumulated an estimated net worth of around $15 million, which he earned largely from his football career and endorsement deals.

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