The day the dream of ‘Chicharito’ began in Europe | Excelsior


Through a satellite conference, Chivas, Javier Hernández and Jorge Vergara convulsed the national football environment from the mythical Old Trafford stadium with the announcement of the transfer of ‘Chicharito’ to Manchester United.

Hernández Balcázar showed his scoring instinct since he arrived at the Red Devils, in his first campaign with the team then led by Alex Ferguson -the 2010-2011-, CH14 signed a total of 20 annotations, snatched the title from Bulgarian Dimitar Berbatov and was even part of the ManU starting 11 that played and lost Champions League final against Barcelona at Wembley.

The first two campaigns of ‘Chicharito’ in Europe were very good, but when Ferguson left the Red Devils bench and David Moyes arrived, the Mexican was losing prominence and was forced to seek a change of scene.

After the 2014 World Cup, Javier Hernández was hired by Real Madrid, where despite the competition and the names that the Merengue team had in the attack zone, Carlo Ancelotti gave CH14 opportunities that responded with goals, including the one he scored against Atlético de Madrid to advance to the semifinal of the Champions League 2015.

Although the striker from Guadalajara responded with goals in the Spanish capital, Real Madrid did not validate the purchase option and Hernández Balcázar ended up joining Bayer Leverkusen where it made an immediate impact.

With the set of the ‘Aspirinas’ Chicharito signed 39 goals, but after the departure of Roger Schmidt from the bench and the arrival of Heiko Herrlich, the Mexican lowered his performance and ended up returning to the Premier League.

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During his second stage in English football, although Hernández scored 17 goals, injuries never allowed him to establish himself as the undisputed starter with West Ham.

The history with Sevilla had a promising startAs the Mexican arrived scoring goals, however, strategist Julen Lopetegui always considered Luuk de Jong to start and gave very few opportunities to Javier Hernández who decided to emigrate to MLS in search of minutes on the field.

The Footprint that Chicharito left after a decade in Europe


2 Premier League with Manchester United (2011 and 2013)

3 Community Shield con el Manchester United (2010, 2011, 2013)

Individual distinctions

6 times Player of the Month with Manchester United

Manchester United Player of the Year (2010-2011)

Player of the Month in the Spanish League (September 2014) with Real Madrid

2 times Bundesliga player of the month with Bayer Leverkusen

It is part of the 11 Latin ideal of the decade in the Bundesliga

Passes to goal: 54

Goals in Champions League: 14

Goals in Europa League: 4

Total goals in Europe

Manchester United     59

Real Madrid 9

Bayer Leverkusen 39

West Ham 17

Sevilla                         3

TOTAL: 127 goals in 344 games



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