Mexico’s captain and former Barcelona midfielder, Rafael Marquez, have been named for drug trafficking sanctions by the US Treasury Department.
38-year-old Marquez, who spent seven years with Barcelona, was named among 22 persons and 42 organisations for being a “front man” in Raul Flores Hernandez lead drug trafficking cartel.
A statement from the US Treasury Department stated that Raul Flores Hernandez DTO(Drug Trafficking Organisation) “include Mexican professional soccer player, Rafael Marquez Alvarez (Rafa Marquez), and Mexican singer Julio Cesar Alvarez Montelongo (Julion Alvarez).”
“Both men have long-standing relationships with Flores Hernandez, and have acted as front persons for him and his DTO and held assets on their behalf.”
Marquez’s involvement means all of his assets under US jurisdiction will now be frozen.
Rafael Marquez made 242 appearances for Barcelona, winning four La Liga titles and two Uefa Champions League trophies during his time at the Camp Nou. He has also represented Mexico at four World Cups, with over 140 caps under his belt.