He debuted with the Racing senior team at the age of 16, soon becoming a fan favourite due to his conditions and skills as a playmaker.
Ochoa played his entire club career for Racing Club, where he won six league championships, 4 national cups and 2 international cups. He was nicknamed “Ochota” and El rey de la gambeta (The king of dribbling) due to his outstanding skills with the ball.
He was admired by Carlos Gardel, who sang the tango “Patadura” (a lunfardo word for a “two left feet man”) written by Jos Lpez Ares and Enrique Carrera Sotelo. The tango mentions several notable footballers of those years, such as Ochoa (referring him as Ochota), Manuel Seoane, Luis Monti and Domingo Tarasconi (as Tarasca).
Avoiding defenders with passes and dribblings, and being like Ochota, the fan’s favourite
Patadura, tango performed by Carlos Gardel.
If I think before playing? Sometimes I do, but when I dribble a player and immediately another one appears, and then another… I can’t think anymore because I do not feel like playing. So the legs take control to continue dribbling rivals
Pedro Ochoa, 1928.