By Martí Quintana
Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the new president of Mexico, heads the list of most media figures of the year in the country, which also includes singers, businessmen, athletes and even serial killers.
This is the Top-10 of the Mexicans who have captured the most spotlights in this hectic 2018:
1.- Andrés Manuel López Obrador: The leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador won the Presidency on July 1st after a long election campaign in which he was the absolute protagonist, marking the topics for discussion to the rest of the candidates, causing controversies and popularizing friendly slogans such as "Hugs, no bullets".
After his triumph, his presence in the media has been further strengthened, both as president-elect and as president, a position he assumed on December 1st. It has announced reforms at the administrative and economic levels and major infrastructure works.
And he has not escaped the controversy with decisions such as the cancellation of the Texcoco airport or the creation of the National Guard.
2 .- Luis Miguel: The rebirth of Luis Miguel, received plenty of headlines in many media this year because of the splendid 2018 of the Puerto Rican singer, nationalized Mexican. "¡Mexico por siempre!", his latest CD, won the Album of the Year award in the last Latin Grammy.
To this success of criticism and sales was added the series about his life, "Luis Miguel: the series", broadcast on Netflix and Telemundo, which placed the singer -and his tumultuous life- among the most talked about in social networks for weeks.
After more than a hundred concerts, he has also received some criticism for the alleged lack of professionalism in any of his shows.
3.- Enrique Peña Nieto: Although less prolific in the media in recent months, President Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018) capitalized, positively and negatively, his position until the last days of his term.
Considered for many a six-year term lost due to human rights violations or corruption, his name was associated with negative headlines such as the rise in violence but also with more positive issues such as the signing of the new trade agreement between Mexico, United States and Canada. the T-MEC.
4.- Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán: In prison in United States, Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán has received headlines because of his trial in New York in which, practically every day, allegedly succulent details of the world of drug trafficking and the environment of the feared capo.
Secondary characters to his story as his wife Emma Coronel, his twin daughters or the actress Kate del Castillo have regained relevance since the beginning of the judicial process in November.
5.- Alfonso Cuarón: The Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón and his film "Roma", winner of the Golden Lion at the 75th Venice Festival and nominated for three Golden Globes, make headlines for the quality of the film and the controversy between Netflix and the cinema exhibitors.
6.- Saúl "Canelo" Álvarez: The maximum star of Mexican boxing and one of the best in the world maintains his presence in the media thanks to his combats with millions of spectators, his controversies, his strong character and his succulent contracts, such as the 365 million dollars that he will receive for 11 fights.
7. Olga Sánchez Cordero: The former Supreme Court magistrate and Minister of the Interior of the new government, Olga Sánchez Cordero, has been the only one capable of overshadowing López Obrador by taking a leading role in issues of security and migration, and progressive positions around the abortion or the decriminalization of certain drugs.
8.- Thalia: At age 47, the singer Thalía has a reborn in the media thanks to her success "No me acuerdo " -in which she delves into reggaeton- and an unexpected viral success with the piece "Me oyen, me escuchan" , which earned her the sympathy of young Internet users, who even imitated her in a "challenge".
9.- Juan Pablo Castañón: The president of the Consejo Coordinador Empresarial (CCE), Juan Pablo Castañón, is the most mediatic entrepreneur of the López Obrador era. In the campaign criticized the leftist for his proposal of economic model. But after the electoral victory of the politician substantially modified the speech, supporting him on issues such as the hike of the minimum wage.
10.- The Ecapetec Monsters: This couple is accused of killing at least ten women in this municipality in the central State of Mexico. Accused of human trafficking and feminicide, their case took hundreds of pages in October for the alleged cruelty of the murders, and there was even talk of cannibalism.