The midfielder was born in the city of Girona, in Spain’s northeastern Catalonia region, but with debate in the country raging over Catalan independence, Crosas has his mind firmly made up.
Having came through the youth ranks at Barcelona, and having represented Spain at under-17, under-19 and under-21 level, the 28-year-old is ready to turn his back on the country of his birth to concentrate on representing Catalonia, whom he has played for twice, despite FIFA failing to recognise the region as an independent football nation.
In an interview with Spanish newspaper Marca, Crosas was clear when asked about his nationality.
He said: “You know what I think about this. I am Catalan and Mexican, not Spanish.
“My countries are Catalonia and Mexico. Spain does not represent me, although I am independent, non-separatist.
“But regardless of my political affinity and my nationalistic sentiments, I follow Spanish football and I was glad of Spain’s victory in South Africa [winning the 2010 World Cup], especially when I saw Puyol and Xavi carrying the star.”
Currently playing for Tenerife in Spain Segunda Division, a level below La Liga, Crosas became something of a cult favourite amongst Celtic supporters when he signed back in 2008, but managed just 51 league appearances for the Hoops in three years.
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