Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa put on the defensive display of the World Cup on Tuesday with a stunning six-save performance during a 0-0 draw with Brazil. No matter what the home side threw at him, “Memo” denied them all afternoon, with Photoshops of him as a saint as well as the Christ the Redeemer statue popping up and going viral soon after.
One bit of information about Ochoa came out during the game and seemed to explain his performance as he helped keep Mexico's hopes of advancing out of Group A alive.
Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa has 6 fingers on his right hand - pic.twitter.com/VjBS4JUoqg— World Cup 2014 (@WorldCupPosts) June 17, 2014
That Tweet, which was a hoax, went viral, fooling a number of outlets.
So apparently that is a long-running hoax and utter bollocks about Ochoa. Mea culpa. Apols. http://t.co/DpSD4hiZ1X— sportingintelligence (@sportingintel) June 17, 2014
No, I did not know that Mexican GK Memo Ochoa has 6 fingers on his right hand.— Mike Martignago (@MikeMartignago) June 17, 2014
Ochoa's move to Fulham was blocked because he has six fingers on one hand, according to this. http://t.co/9cMewmmObR— John Brewin (@JohnBrewinESPN) June 17, 2014
Sure, having an extra digit would help parry some of those saves away, but sadly, Ochoa is not the Antonio Alfonseca of soccer; he does not have an extra finger on his right hand, as he displayed to the crowd at Estádio Castelão.
The rumor originally surfaced in 2010 when Ochoa was linked with Barclays Premier League side Fulham for a trial. The move never materialized and suddenly "news" that the English FA blocked the trial due to Ochoa's "extra finger" began to spread.
So Ochoa's performance versus Brazil wasn't helped in part because of an extra finger, he was just that good.
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