Carlos Alberto Vela Garrido was born in Cancun, Mexico, on March 1, 1989. He is a Mexican soccer player who since the 2011-2012 season is a member of the Real Sociedad of Spain’s BBVA League. Vela has played for such teams as the Ud Salamanca, CA Osasuna, Arsenal FC, and West Bromwich Albion.
Carlos Vela was called on by the Mexican Sub-17 Soccer Team in 2005, despite not having debuted for Chivas from Guadalajara – the team he was a part of at the time in Mexico, even if not in the primary roster. He was called upon by coach Jesús Ramírez to the Sub-17 Mexican Soccer Team to take part in the 2005 Peru Worldcup - an event where he showed his great soccer skills.
The young forward had one of the best participations in this event by scoring one goal in the Final, where Mexico won first place against Brazil with a 3-0 score by the tricolored team over the Amazonians. He was awarded top striker in the competition for a total of five goals, winning him the Golden Boot.
Ever since he made it to the Real Sociedad, the Mexican striker has scored 30 goals, 14 with the Mexican National Team, and 56 during his professional career.
On Wednesday August 28, 2013 he gave an outstanding performance by scoring twice in Anoeta against the Olympique de Lyon - allowing Real Sociedad to get to the group stage of the Champions League.