Before joining Wolves, Jimenez was a struggling footballer at Atletico Madrid.
, admitted that what changed his career was realizing the fact that being a great footballer wasn’t always about scoring goals. During his time withAtletico Madrid
, Jimenez struggled to score in his 21 appearances, until he joinedBenfica
where he scored 31 goals in 120 games.
The Wolves player, who became one of the
best goal-scorers since joining the team, told
"One day I realized that the most important thing was not scoring goals. I learned that the most valuable thing was playing as a team."
The Mexican footballer also talked about an advice his mother,
, gave him, which helped Jimenez put his Atelti struggles behind, adding:
“It's something my mom taught me. Despite making a mistake or failing on occasion, you always have to know that another opportunity will come later. Being good off the field also makes you feel good on the field.”
"Now I have a very solid life off the field with my daughter and girlfriend, and that fills me with pride: knowing that they are out there supporting me so that I can continue to give my best."
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, has also talked about the role he had in driving his son’s career, saying:
"At six months, he was crawling instead of using his toys like every child of that time. I purposely passed him a ball and he left everything. He grabbed it and from there it was a non-stop with football.”
"I took him to my games and he enjoyed it. One day he said: 'Dad, I want to be a footballer'."
Jimenez is currently spending his time on the sidelines after suffering from a fractured skull for which he had to go under a surgery.