Spanish world champion Jenni Hermoso received an emotional tribute from her Mexican club, Pachuca, in their 2-1 victory over Pumas on Sunday in the Liga MX women’s league.
The 33-year-old returned to the Mexican club on Thursday for her first game since claiming the World Cup title.
Hermoso unveiled a mural in the hallways of the Hidalgo Stadium, then was greeted on the pitch before the match with a giant banner with her Women’s World Cup photos and mariachi music.
As her teammates and the crowd applauded ecstatically, she posed for the cameras and received a framed jersey with her number 10 on it, smiling and waving to the fans in the stands.
Pachuca took the win thanks to a first-half goal by Panamanian Marta Cox and a Pumas own goal on a shot by Viridiana Salazar. They sit in 10th place in the table with 13 points after four wins.
Hermoso, who has been embroiled in a controversy involving Luis Rubiales, former president of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), got a few minutes of playing time after coming on late in the game at the 85th.
Rubiales announced his resignation earlier on Sunday in a statement in which he said his position had become untenable.