The novela that was Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez has come to close with the Mexican National Soccer Team striker accepting a loan to Spanish giants Real Madrid. The rumor began Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, just hours before the transfer window closed. The announcement of the 32-time UEFA Champion’s interest came as a surprise to many as Italy appeared to be CH14’s final destination.
Real Madrid needed a striker to substitute Frenchman Karim Benzema and turned to Manchester United, where Hernandez was not getting much game time under new coach Louis Van Gaal. Hernandez is not expected to be a starter, but the man who will come in for Benzema when needed.
“Aside from that (potential substitute), the only thing that is on my mind is that I am a Real Madrid Player,” Hernandez said about signing with the Merengues. “I’m thinking, I am fortunate, I am going to take advantage, and enjoy every opportunity I get to play.”
Hernandez arrives at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium with one of ManU’s most effective scoring records, scoring on average every 131 minutes. With the Red Devils, CH14 scored 59 goals in four seasons, won two English Premier League championships, and an FA Community Shield.
Chicharito has a keen sense of smell for goals in the area. He is at the right place, at the right time and on more than one occasion he has been the deciding factor in a match. Hernandez becomes the fourth Mexican to wear the Real Madrid jersey, the last being the five-time Spanish League scoring champion Hugo Sanchez.