Francisco Guillermo Ochoa Magaña, better known as Memo Ochoa, is an Olympic medalist and one of the best Mexican footballers of all time. For this slice of Essentialhe welcomed us into his home to show us some of his most prized possessions.
From an early age, Ochoa was encouraged by his father to pursue his passion for football. He got his start at the PUMA FC Academy and later at Club America’s Football School. Even though he was initially drafted as a striker, fate put him on goal, where he would blossom and eventually become a professional player.
Ochoa’s accomplishments include winning a gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, winning the Mexican Cup 13 times and playing for several European teams such as AC Ajaccio, Malaga, Granada, Standard Lieja, etc.
He became one of the most beloved figures in Mexican football, proving his temper against the toughest opponents. During the 2014 Mexico-Brazil match, Ochoa stopped several Neymar goal attempts, making his compatriots proud and raising Mexico’s name high in the eyes of the world.
Memo is an avid gamer. When he’s not on the field, he plays video games live on his Twitch channel or surrounded by friends playing backgammon or dominoes. He is always aware of the role he plays when he is in a match and the responsibility that entails. He has the weight of the whole team, managers and millions of fans on his back.
Memo is about to play his 5th World Cup in Qatar as captain of the Mexico national team. Today we get to know him better through some of his most precious and personal objects, his Essential.
Perfume Memo Ochoa Signature by Perfumérica
I always bring a travel bottle of my own perfume. Smelling good is very important to me. I made it in collaboration with a group of experts from Perfumérica. We took the time to find the right notes that reflected my personality. It’s a new way for me to connect with the fans.
I’ve always been into gaming. I really like having a device to play with even when I’m not at home. When the lockdowns started my wife suggested I should try Twitch and now it’s a new way for me to connect with my fans. I will live and interact with them in a way that was not available a few years ago.
Nike Generation Pack Custom Gloves
These are the official gloves made for the Qatar 2022 World Cup. I will use them for the first time when we play against Poland. I’m the only goalkeeper in Mexico to wear these gloves, so I hope they bring me luck in the next few days.
I keep it as a lucky charm. I always have it on me and I keep it in the locker room during games. I have continued to add elements to it over the years. There is a Christian cross, as a symbol of my faith. A Virgen de Guadalupe pendant. The Olympic rings in memory of my medal. And a little red hand that was given to my daughter as a birth gift for protection and good fortune.
Signature DIY Bandana
The headband has become one of the most iconic pieces in my wardrobe. I tried many different brands and decided to make my own. I need them to be cotton, thicker in the front so my hair stays back and thinner in the neck for more comfort.
It is a very demanding and stressful job. More than most people imagine. So, it’s not always easy to go to bed and sleep like a baby. If I don’t sleep well, I can feel it the following days during training sessions. Therefore, I try to have a set of tools that guide me and help me get the most efficient sleep possible.
Travis Scott x Air Jordan 1 Low OG “Reverse Mocha”
Because of my job, I’m always in sneakers. In fact, I only have two pairs of dress shoes in my closet. I wouldn’t consider myself a sneakerhead but I try to get the silhouettes I love the most. When I first saw these Travis Scott I couldn’t get them but eventually a friend of mine helped me get them and now they are one of my favorite pairs.
I like different styles of sunglasses like the Ray-Ban Aviator silhouette or the sportier ones like Oakley. But these are really special to me. It’s a gift from my dear friend Checo Pérez and I try to keep them in my rotation.