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Mexico soccer legend Rafa Marquez embroiled in further drug cartel links after mother buys house with kingpin

October 10, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexico soccer legend Rafa Marquez embroiled in further drug cartel links after mother buys house with kingpin

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The captain of the Mexican soccer team, Rafael ‘Rafa’ Marquez,  is once again embroiled in controversy over his alleged drug cartel ties.

The former defender who played for European powerhouse FC Barcelona has been identified on the U.S. sanctions list for drug trafficking along with 21 other Mexican nationals after he reportedly served as a frontman for top Mexican drug trafficker Raul Flores Hernandez.

Marquez, who now plays for the Mexican team Atlas, has vehemently denied all allegations against him but is now facing new claims.

A new report accuses his mother of purchasing a huge residence with top drug kingpin Raul Flores Hernandez also known as “The Uncle.”

The Mexican publication Reforma reported that his mother, Rosa Alicia Alvarez Pinones purchased a large plot of land with Raul Flores in a city next to Guadalajara back in 2007.

Guadalajara has been identified as a cartel hot spot after an extensive year-long probe conducted by the U.S. Treasury Department.

Rafa Marquez has once again been linked to a top Mexican kingpin

Only two years after buying the land, ‘The Uncle’ sold 46.7% of his share to former soccer player Miguel Zepeda who then sold it to Marquez’s mother, according to The Sun

The property is now being managed by Marquez, who is working to construct a large football training complex.

The player’s mother is now being investigated because she is well connected and works in politics.

Marquez played with the La Liga giants in Barcelona for seven years and won a host of honors including the Uefa Champions League .

He then went to play for the New York Red Bulls before moving to Leon, Hellas Verona and current team – Atlas.

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