But despite Hulk pulling a goal back in stoppage-time and Chelsea new boy Oscar missing a last-gasp sitter,
Mexico boss Luis Fernando Tena hailed his country's players as 'conquistadors' after they finally delivered on the big stage.
Mexico completely belied its reputation as one of the most notorious also-ran in world football, deservedly beating Brazil in what was its first major global final.
A jubilant Tena said: "This is a fair reward for my 18 warriors.
"This is a great emotion for all our country. Mexico will be celebrating on the streets, and also Mexicans living in the USA will be proud to be Mexicans.
"It's a very important moment for Mexican football. It's a great moment for us.
"Our youngsters have developed great mental strength and our football is improving considerably.
"We have better players, more experienced players, a better selection of young players. Our coaches are better trained and paid, which is important.
"Our youngsters look towards the future more optimistically - they have left behind the old complexes.
"They look towards the future like conquistadors."
Tena dedicated the win to his late father, adding: "He is still kicking a ball up in heaven.
"This has been the highest point of my career. To sing the national anthem with a gold medal around your neck is priceless.
"Winning this gold medal on the sacred pitch of Wembley makes it even more special."
Manchester United earned a record £61 million ($94.43 million) in Premier League television revenue this season en route to a 20th English title.