Born in 1995, Luis Romo is one of the best players in Mexican football right now. He has played a pivotal role throughout his professional career, mopping up as a defensive midfielder while slotting in at centre half.
Here, we take a look at Luis Romo’s career so far and his impact and influence on the sport – both at club level and for the Mexico national team.
Romo was scouted by Cruz Azul as a youngster but was cut by the Liga MX outfit shortly after his 15th birthday.
While he was bitterly disappointed to suffer such a setback, Queretaro showed interest and Romo joined the youth setup there shortly after.
Renowned for his intelligence and reading of the game, Romo was always touted as a major asset at youth level but perhaps needed a little more time to mature.
Everything happens for a reason and his time at Cruz Azul was cut short. However, it wasn’t a case of goodbye forever – as we’ll get onto a little later on…
Romo bided his time at Queretaro but was rewarded for his patience with an inclusion in the first team squad for the 2018 Liga MX season.
Having impressed for the Queretaro youth team, Romo made his Liga MX debut in July 2018 and made an instant impact.
After playing just seven cup fixtures in the two years prior to making his league debut, Romo went on to play 29 Liga MX matches that campaign.
Ahead of the opening weekend of the 2019 season, Queretaro announced that Romo would be the club captain – much to the delight of their supporters.
Romo scored three goals in 17 matches to help Queretaro qualify for the Liga MX playoffs. It was a year to remember for the talented Mexican…
Romo’s performances had attracted attention from the top Liga MX clubs, as well as several MLS organisations, but there was only one place he was going to end up.
Having been left go by Cruz Azul as a teenager, Romo seized the opportunity to join the club in January 2020 and an offer of £1.6 million was accepted by Queretaro.
Return To Cruz Azul
Romo’s return to the club was eagerly anticipated, with Club Azul supporters welcoming their former youngster with open arms.
Unfortunately, Cruz Azul slumped to a 4-0 defeat in the second leg of that tie, resulting in the team’s elimination from the competition.
However, Romo would return hungrier than ever in 2021 and he played a key role in Cruz Azul’s championship-winning campaign.
Romo was directly involved in 10 goals, scoring three and assisting seven, during the Liga MX season and was named the league’s best player.
Hitting such lofty heights ensured that Romo attracted attention from some of Europe’s top clubs, with La Liga side Getafe showing interest in signing the Mexican last summer.
At the time of writing, Romo is under contract with Cruz Azul until December 2022 and he is likely to stay in his native Mexico for the duration of his current deal.
Representing your country is an extremely proud moment for any player and Romo fulfilled a lifetime ambition on 19th November 2019 as he made his Mexico debut.
Selected to the squad by former Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino, Romo played the full 90 minutes in Mexico’s 2-1 CONCACAF Nations League victory over Bermuda.
Having been called up to previous Mexico squads but missing out on taking to the field, this was a huge moment for Romo and his supporters across the country.
Since then, he has been a pivotal figure for the national team. As of November 2021, Romo has 17 international caps on his resume – though he is yet to score for Mexico.
In the summer of 2021, Romo was selected as one of three over-age players to represent the Mexican Olympic Team at Tokyo 2020.
Romo’s experience proved crucial to Jaime Lozano’s side as Mexico clinched a bronze medal, defeating host nation Japan at Saitama Stadium.
What Next For Luis Romo?
Now regarded as one of the best players in Liga MX, it wouldn’t be a huge shock to see Romo search for pastures new in the coming years.
While he has spoken about his desire to lead Cruz Azul to back-to-back league titles, Romo has the skillset to succeed in European football – especially in Spain or Portugal.
Valued at close to £6 million on Transfermarkt, Romo’s style of play would be well suited to La Liga and we could see a mid-table side pursue a deal in the coming months.
If he continues to thrive for Mexico on the international stage, it is surely only a matter of time before the Cruz Azul midfielder is offered a dream move.
The most sought-after player in Mexican football in 2020, his influence on Cruz Azul’s title triumph this season was clear for all to see. What the future holds, only time will tell…
Luis Romo Club Career History:
- 2010 – 2011: Cruz Azul Youth
- 2012 – 2018: Queretaro Youth
- 2017: Cimarrones (On Loan)
- 2018 – 2019: Queretaro
- 2019 – Present: Cruz Azul
Luis Romo International Career:
- 2019 – Present: Mexico National Team
- 2021: Mexican Olympic Team