And here we are. Our best memories of Mexico? Seeing
our father play, I think. Spending time with family, and playing in the streets. Imagine coming to train in this every morning. Priceless. When our dad played with La Raza, which was professional indoor soccer, He was very popular in México and even more so in Monterrey where we lived. At five or six years old, we would go play right where he would play. It is one of our most cherished childhood memories. We started very young in Monterrey, like at five or six years old with Caribú. Then we trained with our father. He was our coach. We played together until we left for Barcelona. It was there that we were separated. Each in his own category. Gio, are we going or what? Going? Let’s go! Put your phone away. Leave it and call later. I’m here! You’re being a drag. The cameras are here. You’re the same way. You do the same thing. Our first fight as brothers. Did you catch it? As kids, we did fight a lot. I would choke him, hit him all over and make him cry. I was the small one, and I’d make Gio cry. But now we hardly ever argue. When we had the opportunity to play here, we didn’t have to think twice, because we had been so far from our culture – Although we are not in Mexico – But almost, almost. This is the city with the second most Mexicans in the world, so we feel right at home. Playing with my brother in a great city with a great fandom at an even greater club… We didn’t have a single doubt, honestly. The Galaxy being what it is with its many trophies and the biggest stars. Now, we have the fortune of having Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He’s on another level, and for me it is an honor to be by his side again. I was also lucky to have him as a teammate during my time at Barcelona. One can learn a lot from these types of players. I am happy. It is marvelous to have my family near. I feel right at home. The truth is I am happiest playing with my brother. It is a dream we’ve always wanted to reach together. Giovani is a difference-maker who can kill it in a game at any moment. He’s a player that every coach, every teammate would like on their team. And his personality, what can I say, he’s chill. He likes to sleep. [Jonathan] has a spectacular quality and enviable technical skills few players have. He has great vision for the game, a lot of personality, confidence. He’s a different player. In his position, I’ve seen few players of his quality. Xavi, Iniesta… he has the teachings of these players. He demonstrates daily that he is on that same level. For our team, it is a luxury to count on a player like him. He also enjoys life. In the best sense possible. Thanks, brother. We’ve been blessed to explore many cultures, so we are open to all cultures. The truth is we are very happy here in Los Angeles. Mexican players are recognized for their quality, their personalities, for the character we have. Technical skill is what most distinguishes us from other national teams. Not long ago, I had an injury, unfortunately. But now I am back. Because of that, I am not limiting myself and thinking only about the World Cup. On the contrary, now I have to work even more take care of myself more and reach my 100%. Yeah, I’m recovering from an injury, but I’ll be playing again soon. This never happened before with both of us being injured at the same time. We are taking this time to work even harder and return even stronger I’ll be at my best level, for sure. This is the year that we’ve prepared for most. I want everything to be perfect, in the end. The World Cup is almost here but we will arrive at our best. All we want is to reach full health, with rhythm and represent our club and national team well. Hey, joker! How are you? My pleasure. Come here, brother. Everything good? Would you like to say a few words? I’m proud to be here at your side. Honestly, I didn’t think I’d meet you, but they called us in to work, so here we are. When you least expect it. So you’d like a picture? Great to meet you. What a pleasure. Take care. That worked out well. Very well. Like we planned the whole thing. My hair is wrong. The first time wearing the national team’s shirt That’s the greatest thing a player can ask for. To be called in is an honor. To represent your country always fills you with pride. My first national team goal? I remember my debut, but not my first goal. My first goal? Given that I haven’t scored one for the national team … I don’t remember. You don’t have an international goal? No. You’ll have to get one at the World Cup, brother! Yes – let’s go, Mexico! Go Jona! It’s your World Cup, brother. Get a hat trick. A hat trick, oooh. I’d have to retire after that. Big time. Just kidding. It’s every player’s dream to play in a World Cup. It’s the most important thing I have in the near term. I haven’t had the opportunity to play in one yet. I’ve been unlucky to miss one for a coaching decision. And I missed another one because of a knee injury. But like they say, third time’s the charm. I hope to achieve this dream and play alongside my brother. No one knows until the coach releases the list of names. That’s when we will know whether we go — or don’t go — to the World Cup. On that day the list comes out, I’ll be nervous, and hoping to see our names. It could be that I don’t go, but my brother does. Or that my brother doesn’t go, and I do. Our wish has always been to play for the national team together in a World Cup. It’s right around the corner. It’s almost here, that moment. That’s the one dream we have yet to realize. It would be the cherry on top. It’s the only dream the two of us have left to achieve.