Sevilla FC are delighted to announce the club have reached an agreement with FC Porto for the signing of Jesús Manuel Corona (Hermosillo, 6th of January 1993). The Mexican, who has a Portuguese passport, plays on the right wing and will stay at the club until 2025. Corona is a Mexican international who has represented his country on 63 occasions, registering ten goals. Trained in the youth ranks of CF Monterrey, Corona made his debut at just 17 years old in the Liga MX. In his first campaign, in the 2010/11 season, he managed to take part in two CONCACAF Champions League games against Marathón from Honduras and Toluca, a title they would later go on to lift after defeating Real Salt Lake in the final. The following year his involvement with the team would increase, tallying up ten appearances in Liga MX and three in the CONCACAF Champions League. Furthermore, he scored in each of the competitions and went on to retain the CONCACAF title against Santos Laguna.
The following campaign would see him consolidate his place at Monterrey, with 26 games played, a goal and two assists in the league. To cap it off, he also played a crucial role in the CONCACAF Champions League – nine games, two goals and two assists, one of the which came in the final against Santos Laguna again. In addition, after sitting on the sidelines the previous year, Corona made his Club World Cup debut, where he would score in the quarter-final against Ulsan Hyundai and in the third-place play-off against the Egyptian side, El Ahly. In the summer of 2013, at just 20 years old, Corona made the leap to Europe arriving at FC Twente in the Netherlands. Corona scored on his debut against Groningen on 29th of September 2013. He would end the season with 16 appearances - one of those in the cup - and two goals. In the 2014/15 season, Corona burst onto the scene as a goal scorer and would make 27 league appearances – nine goals and four assists - and four cup appearances - two goals and as many assists.
After only two years in Enschede, FC Porto took notice of Corona and would later confirm his signing on 31st of August 2015. In addition to making his debut in the Champions League with four appearances, he would establish himself as one of the first names on the team sheet making 28 league appearances - eight goals and five assists - and 3 appearances in the cup. A momentum he would keep going in his second year with a total of 41 official appearances, six goals, and nine assists. In the next two seasons, Corona practically never left his role as right winger, with three and seven goals registered respectively. In the 2019/20 season, in addition to his four goals scored, he would register a whooping 21 assists, 14 of which came in the league. This stat would help him pick up the award for MVP of the Portuguese league that season. Last season he consolidated further his status as a born provider of goals with 13 assists and three goals, while in the first half of the 2021/22 season Corona has been fundamental on the right wing, accumulating 17 appearances and one assist.
In addition to his three CONCACAF Champions League winner’s medals collected at Monterrey, his personal trophy room is far from empty. With two Portuguese league titles -2017/18 and 2019/20 - the 2019/20 Portuguese cup and the 2019 and 2021 Super Cups. Also, as an international, Corona lifted the Gold Cup with Mexico in 2015. He made his senior national team debut in 2014 in a friendly against the Netherlands in Amsterdam. He played in the Copa America and in the already mentioned 2015 Gold Cup, the Copa America Centenario in 2016, the 2018 World Cup in Russia, as well as the finals of the CONCACAF Nations League and the Gold Cup 2021.