Diego lainez , height, age, world cup, jersey & More

Mexican footballer
Not to be confused with Diego Laynez

In this Spanish name, the first or paternal surname is Lainez and the second or maternal family name is Leyva
Diego Lainez

Lainez in 2017
Personal information
Full name Diego Lainez Leyva
Date of birth (2000-06-09) 9 June 2000 (age 22)
Place of birth Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico
Height 168 m (5 ft 6 in)
Position(s) Winger
Club information
Current team
(on loan from Betis)
Number 18
Youth career
2012–2017 América
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017–2019 América 39 (5)
2019– Betis 55 (0)
2022– → Braga (loan) 6 (1)
National team
2017 Mexico U17 6 (2)
2018–2019 Mexico U20 10 (0)
2018–2019 Mexico U21 8 (1)
2021 Mexico U23 6 (0)
2018– Mexico 21 (3)
Olympic Games
2020 Tokyo Team
Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 9 October 2022
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 27 September 2022

Diego Lainez Leyva (born 9 June 2000) is a Mexican professional footballer who plays as a winger for Primeira Liga club Braga, on loan from Real Betis, and the Mexico national team

Club career


Lainez was recruited by scout Ángel González along with his brother Mauro Mauro decided to join Pachuca’s academy, while Diego opted to join Club América

On 1 March 2017, Lainez made his competitive debut with América in the Copa MX group stage match against Santos Laguna Three days later, he made his league debut against León, becoming one of the club’s youngest players to debut for the first team at 16 years old On 19 March, after a lineup error that ruled out Gerson Torres from being eligible to play, Lainez was assigned to start against Pumas UNAM

On 4 August 2018, Lainez scored his first two goals for América in a 3–1 win over Pachuca at Estadio Hidalgo; he became the youngest player to score a double with the club, and the fifth youngest to score a goal in the club’s history On 18 September, Lainez suffered a sprained ankle on his left foot during training following a tackle from Bruno Valdez, forcing him to miss out on four weeks of action, including the Súper Clásico against arch-rivals Guadalajara He would return from injury on 20 October, and scored his first goal playing in the Estadio Azteca as América defeated Tijuana 3–0 Lainez scored in both legs of the Apertura semifinal series against Universidad Nacional, making him the youngest player to ever score during the playoff stage for the club


On 10 January 2019, Lainez joined La Liga club Real Betis on a five-year contract reportedly worth $14 million The move made him the youngest player to emigrate from the Liga MX, as well as the second most expensive transfer paid for a Mexican player by a European club He was handed the squad number 22 He made his debut in La Liga on 20 January in a 3–2 home victory over Girona, making his appearance as an 81st-minute substitute The following week, Lainez earned a starting berth and played 75 minutes in Real’s 1–0 defeat to Athletic de Bilbao On 14 February, he became the youngest Mexican player to score in the UEFA Europa League when he netted an injury-time equalizer in a 3–3 draw with Rennes in the first leg of the round of 32

On 19 December, Lainez scored his second competitive goal for Betis – a free kick – in the 4–0 victory over Antoniano in the first round of the Copa del Rey

Braga (loan)

On 29 July 2022, Lainez joined Primeira Liga club Braga on a season-long loan On 12 August 2022, Lainez made his debut during a 3-0 win over Famalicão, entering as a substitute at the 73rd minute On 28 August 2022, Lainez scored his first goal with Braga in a 6-0 win over Arouca

International career


Lainez was ruled out of the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship due to his activity with Club América’s first team

On 14 September 2017, Lainez was included in final roster that participated at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup In Mexico’s second group match against England, Lainez scored twice in the team’s 3–2 loss

On 25 October 2018, Lainez was called up by Diego Ramírez to participate in the 2018 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Mexico finish runner-up in the competition, with Lainez being named in the Best XI In April 2019, Lainez was included in the 21-player squad to represent Mexico at the U-20 World Cup in Poland

Lainez was included in the final roster that participated at the 2018 Toulon Tournament He scored the opening goal against Qatar in Mexico’s 4–1 win He would go on to win the Best Player Award, as well as make the Best XI of the competition as Mexico finished runner-up

Lainez was included in the final roster that participated in the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games He appeared in all three group stage matches as Mexico finished last in their group with one point

Ruled out for the 2020 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship as it was not a FIFA-sanctioned tournament, Lainez was subsequently called up to participate in the 2020 Summer Olympics He won the bronze medal with the Olympic team


On 29 August 2018, Lainez received his first call-up to the senior national team by interim manager Ricardo Ferretti for the friendly matches against Uruguay and the United States He earned his first cap in Mexico’s 4–1 defeat to Uruguay on 7 September On 13 October 2020, Lainez scored a late-tying goal against Algeria, tying the match at two, his first goal with the national team

On 6 June 2021, Lainez scored against the United States just seconds after coming on as a substitute in the Concacaf Nations League Final to make it 2–1, but Mexico ultimately lost 3–2 He was included in the Best XI of the tournament

In October 2022, Lainez was named in Mexico’s preliminary 31-man squad by manager Gerardo Martino for the World Cup, but did not make the final 26

Career statistics


As of match played 10 November 2022
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
América 2016–17 Liga MX 9 0 1 0 10 0
2017–18 15 0 6 0 1 0 1 0 23 0
2018–19 15 5 3 0 18 5
Total 39 5 10 0 1 0 1 0 51 5
Betis 2018–19 La Liga 12 0 2 0 2 1 16 1
2019–20 15 0 3 1 18 1
2020–21 21 0 4 0 25 0
2021–22 7 0 2 2 4 0 13 2
Total 55 0 11 3 6 1 0 0 72 4
Braga (loan) 2022–23 Primeira Liga 6 1 1 1 3 0 10 2
Career total 100 6 22 4 10 1 1 0 133 11


As of match played 27 September 2022
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Mexico 2018 2 0
2019 3 0
2020 2 1
2021 7 2
2022 7 0
Total 21 3
Scores and results list Mexico’s goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Lainez goal
List of international goals scored by Diego Lainez
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 13 October 2020 Cars Jeans Stadion, The Hague, Netherlands  Algeria 2–2 2–2 Friendly
2 6 June 2021 Empower Field at Mile High, Denver, United States  United States 2–1 2–3 (aet) 2021 CONCACAF Nations League Final
3 30 June 2021 Nissan Stadium, Nashville, United States  Panama 1–0 3–0 Friendly

Style of play

—Lainez on his own playing style, March 2017

Described as “a diminutive, left-footed forward with a sharp burst of pace”, Lainez has been praised as one of the best young players in the world, being featured in The Guardian's 2017 list of the 60 best young talents in world football, as well as Goalcom’s 2017, 2018, and 2019 NxGn lists of the world’s best teenage players

Lainez has shown maturity in his playing style despite his young age He has been described as “creative and methodical in terms of orchestrating attacks Despite being a teenager, Lainez has a very mature reading of the game which often fuels his sharp decision-making on the field” Lainez appears equally adept at passing and crossing as well as not shirking away from his defensive duties Thomas Harrison of Outsideofthebootcom described him as “a winger who can also operate as a ‘number ten’, is renowned for his outstanding balance, trickery and change of pace when running with the ball, and the stats back up this belief Diego ended the 2017–18 with a dribble success rate of above 65%, one of the highest figures for an attacking player in Liga MX” Lainez has cited Lionel Messi as an idol and an influence on his playing style



  • Liga MX: Apertura 2018


  • Copa del Rey: 2021–22

Mexico U23

  • Olympic Bronze Medal: 2020


  • Toulon Tournament Golden Ball: 2018
  • Toulon Tournament Best XI: 2018
  • CONCACAF Under-20 Championship Best XI: 2018
  • CONCACAF Nations League Finals Best XI: 2021

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