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Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, Mexican International And Super Sub For Manchester United
Javier Hernandez is the son of former Mexican International Javier Hernandez Gutierrez. His grandfather "Tomas Balcazar" was also a Mexican International footballer, making Chicharito a third generation Mexican International. He was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico on June 1st,1988. He is better known by his nickname "Chicharito", which in Spanish means "little pea". Chicharito made his International debut with Mexico on the 30th of September 2009, Hernandez earned an assist in a 2-1 loss to Columbia. He signed his first professional contract at the age of 15, and since then he has never looked back. Hernandez signed with the English Premier League club Manchester United on the 8th of April, 2010.
Hernandez scored a string of goals in international matches prior to the 2010 World Cup, Including a 2 goal game versus Bolivia in February of 2010. Chicharito was held off the score sheet in a brief appearance in the opening game of the World Cup (a 1-1 draw vs South Africa). In just his second match at the Fifa World Cup in South Africa 2010, Chicharito scored coming off the bench versus France in a 2-0 victory. By scoring he emulated his grandfather, Tomas Balcazar, who had scored a goal versus France in the 1954 World Cup. In his first World Cup start for Mexico he scored a goal in a 3-1 loss to Argentina. Hernandez was recognized according to Fifa statistics to be the quickest player in World Cup 2010, reaching a top speed of 32.15 km/h. In his first match after the World Cup, Hernandez scored in a friendly versus Spain in August, 2010.
Premier League Career
Chicharito is the first Mexican National to sign with Manchester United. Hernandez scored in his Manchester United debut coming off the bench as a substitute for Nani, in a friendly match in July 2010. His first season at Manchester United has been extremely successful, seeing him score big goals in Champions League matches, The FA Cup as well as the Premier League. Jan 4th, 2011 Hernandez became the top scoring Mexican in Premier League history after opening the scoring in a 2–1 home win over Stoke City. Early in his career with Manchester United, and Hernandez is already being compared to former Manchester United legend 'Ole Gunnar Solskjær". Alex Ferguson says that Chicharito's two-footed, very quick style of play reminds him of "The Baby Faced Assassin". The comparison between the two players is obvious, since both players seem to have the amazing ability to score big goals coming off the bench. They both accurately fit the description of "Super Sub" or "Baby Faced Assassin".
Javier Hernandez World Cup 2010 Statistics
Name: Javier Hernandez
Date of Birth: 01/06/1988
Games Played: 4
Minutes Played: 169
Goals Scored: 2
Shot Attempts: 7
Shots On Goal: 3