John Jairo Mosquera and the difficult challenge of being Sporting Cristal’s ‘nine’ after Emanuel Herrera’s departure

December 24, 2021

Emanuel Herrera scored 40 goals in the 2018 season with Sporting Cristal.

After Emanuel Herrera’s 40 goals in 42 games in 2018 with Sporting Cristal, nothing has ever been the same. The goals of the Argentine that marked history in Peruvian football is what the ‘blue’ fans miss the most, who do not stop comparing what was done by the nine each that the board of directors brings in a new footballer. Given this, John Jairo Mosquera is the new bet for League 1 and the Copa Libertadores 2022.

After an irregular campaign by Marcos Riquelme in 2021, where he was able to play in League 1, the Bicentennial Cup and the two international South American tournaments, the former Bolivar closed the season with eight goals and two assists in 28 matches, numbers that the fans did not like later. to come from a great season in the Bolivian league 2020.

However, and after some names in the folder, the Sporting Cristal coaching staff, led by Roberto Mosquera, once again relies on a striker from the Bolivian league. Colombian John Jairo Mosquera arrives from Guabirá Santa Cruz, where he scored new goals in 16 games in the second half of the year. In the first half he was in Always Raady, where he only scored three goals in 12 games.


Without a doubt, Emanuel Herrera’s 2018 is to bring out, with an average goal of 0.95 goals per game, surpassing the Peruvian football record set by Eduardo Esidio with 37 goals in the 2000 campaign with a Sports University jersey. In addition, he scored the only goal with which Sporting Cristal became champion that year against Alianza Lima.

However, 2019 did not start at all well. On April 28, he had a complete tear of the patellar tendon after attempting a long-distance shot against Universitario de Deportes and sidelined him from the field for the next seven months. His return was only in December, when he entered for his compatriot Christian Ortiz in the defeat against Alianza Lima by 2-1. That season he only played 9 Liga 1 games and scored 5 goals.

2020 happened what no Sporting Cristal fan wanted. After a great season with 20 goals and nine assists in 32 games played under Roberto Mosquera, the Argentine left for his native country after an offer from Argentinos Juniors.


– Summer Tournament (2018)

– Opening Tournament (2018)

– 2 Titles of the First Division of Peru (2018-2020)

– 2 times top scorer of the Peruvian tournament (2018-2020)

– Best player of the tournament according to SAFAP (2018)

– Top scorer in a single season in Peruvian soccer (40 goals in 2018)

– Best player Liga1 Movistar 2020

– Member on two occasions of the best eleven of the First Division of Peru according to SAFAP (2018-2020)

The Argentine forward broke the Peruvian soccer record with 40 goals in 2018. Photo: Sporting Cristal.
The Argentine forward broke the Peruvian soccer record with 40 goals in 2018. Photo: Sporting Cristal.


In the last season with Argentinos Juniors, Emanuel Herrera scored three goals in 21 games played between the Argentine Cup, the Argentine League and the Libertadores Cup, adding 400 minutes on the field of play. The managers of the ‘bug’ were not satisfied with the performance of the forward and the ‘machine’ wanted to play a little more, so it was in the portfolio of transferable footballers.

Sporting Cristal, upon learning of this, proposed something to the red box, but this was not good enough to convince the managers. The player had already confessed to returning, according to the journalist Mauricio Loret de Mola: “I want to return for the challenge of reaching 100 goals at Sporting Cristal and competing in the Libertadores.” Finally, the celestial picture was inclined by the Colombian John Jairo Mosquera.


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