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Mexico World Cup legend Guillermo Ochoa received NFL offer after incredible field goal challenge video

Josh Lawless

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Mexico World Cup legend Guillermo Ochoa received NFL offer after incredible field goal challenge video

World Cup legend Guillermo Ochoa could already have his post-football career path mapped out, after displaying impressive kicking in American football.

Ochoa, with 130 caps under his belt, is Mexico's most capped player of all time and produced a slew of stunning displays in between the sticks.

He's had a well-travelled club career but it's on the international stage he's excelled, with Ochoa yet again preparing to turn into the best goalkeeper in the world again in another World Cup tournament this month.

The Club America shotstopper is still going strong at the age of 37 but he has been told he has what it takes to crossover into the other game of football, specifically as a kicker in NFL.

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In the summer, he took part in a kicking challenge alongside Shane Lechler, a former kicker for the Houston Texans.

Ochoa had to kick the football through the goalposts from a number of different distances and he passed the test with flying colours.

He smashed it from 30, 35 and 40 yards, which caused Lechler to tell him, "You're making this look easy".

The former Malaga and Granada man is best known for the work with his hands but kept up his fine form by leathering perfect efforts from 50 and 55 yards out, prompting him to joke he was switching sports.

Image: Alamy
Image: Alamy

Ochoa went close with strikes from 60 and 65 yards in a seriously strong showing. His punting was so good that former NFL star Raul Allegre told him he "could have a future" and that he was at his "disposal" if he wanted some help refining his technique.

England captain Harry Kane has already been very vocal about wanting to become a kicker in the NFL once his football career is done.

He told JJ Watt of the Texans that he was "looking forward to exploring" it in the future.

"Of course, there's a lot of technically very gifted players and in NFL kicking, a lot of players can kick it far and high, but I guess it all comes down to who can handle the pressure the best and I feel like the more I watch it, the more I see that, you know, in the big situations," Kane said, as per NFL UK.

"A lot of times the game goes down to a last minute field goal, last second field goal. So I'd like to think kind my experience of dealing with that in soccer would put me maybe at an advantage compared to some of the other guys who haven't had that experience, maybe coming out of college or things like that."

Featured Image Credit: Houston Texans & Alamy

Topics: FIFA Club World Cup, NFL

Josh Lawless
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