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Can the World Cup help elect controversial Mexico legend Cuauhtémoc Blanco?

Mexico’s love affair with football could help a politician with a dubious background become a very powerful man

Twenty years ago at the World Cup in France, the Mexico striker Cuauhtémoc Blanco drew international acclaim when he introduced the world to the cuauhtemiña (“the bunny hop”) a playful move in which he gripped the ball with his feet and leapt between two seemingly impenetrable defenders, consequently escaping their tackles. A week later, against Belgium, Blanco cemented his reputation when he scored one of the most memorable goals in Mexican history, a side-footed volley that helped pave the way to qualification for the last 16.

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