Story of a life – Luis Castillo

That of Leopoldo Cortés, a talented player who, at 23, life and football once again gave him another chance. Like any young “Polo”, he wanted to dedicate himself to hitting the ball, originally from Ocotlán Jalisco, he was discovered in the Carlos Salcido academies, on August 23, 2013 he made his debut in the third division with the team of his place of origin At the age of 14, during this period I also joined the selection of this division to participate in tournaments organized by the FMF.

2015 arrived, and with them the opportunity that every teenage footballer wants, that a Liga MX team opens the doors to them, it was the Guadalajara Sports Club that signed them up in the third division, there Joaquín Moreno and Luis Felipe “Halcón” Peña were his first guides, the rise was meteoric for “Polo”, he was promoted to the under-17 category where the 2016 Apertura tournament was crowned by beating Rayados de Monterrey, Cortés then shared a dressing room with players like JJ Macías, Gilberto “Tiba” Sepulveda, Luis Olivas, André Alcaraz among others, Rodolfo Jáuregui was the coach of this generation.

Right-back, Leopoldo continued his football development already in 2018 in the under-20s, he became champion again, now beating León, with Joaquín Moreno his first coach with the Tapatíos.

The opportunity to train with the first team presented itself, and José Cardozo, then coach of Chivas, made his debut in the MX Cup in 2019 against Tapachula, it was not the best sporting stage for the rojiblancos and was looking for him to gain more experience, he was loaned to Cafetaleros in the Ascenso MX, the Covid-19 pandemic arrived and the tournament was suspended.

Cortés returned to the fold and for Guardianes 2020 he was loaned to Tepatitlán, a team that had just entered the Liga Expansión MX at the time, taking into account that Paco Ramírez, the coach, had the used to give young people an opportunity.

Tepa was the protagonist of the second tournament of the season and a day before playing the semi-final first leg against Mineros, the life of Leopoldo Cortes changed, on May 4, 2021, the right-back suffered a spectacular car accident.

According to the player himself, he suffered a fractured skull, right cheekbone and had to undergo emergency surgery, he was left without vital signs and he himself says he was born again by miracle.

After the first surgery the life predictions were flattering but football was to be forgotten forever as he had had some complications it was December 31st last year when they placed a plaque on his head c It was Dr. Temuchino who gave him hope to hit a ball again.

Throughout this stage, the owner of Guadalajara, Amaury Vergara, kept up to date with what was happening with the state of health of Polo Cortés and supported him in every way, players like Jesús Molina and Alexis Vega have also closely followed the player’s development.

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