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Manchester United Forward Javier Hernandez's Top 6 Mexico Moments

Karla Villegas GamaFeatured ColumnistMay 24, 2014

Manchester United Forward Javier Hernandez's Top 6 Mexico Moments

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    Javier Hernandez may be close to leaving Manchester United, but with Mexico's national team, Chicharito is ready to play his second World Cup and keep giving his countrymen happiness.

    He is without a question one of the most recognizable and charismatic Mexican footballers, and after eight years of professional career, the striker is hoping to help El Tri through the journey in Brazil.

    At 25, Hernandez has already accomplished feats that many players would only dream of. He has already become one of the top Mexican scorers in history and has bagged several awards for his tireless goal-scoring knack.

    Here are six moments that will be remembered as Chicharito's best.

Debut with El Tri

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    On September 30, 2009, coach Javier Aguirre capped Chicharito for a friendly against Colombia.

    Hernandez started the game on the bench, and in the 56th minute, he came in for Juan Carlos Cacho. Although he played 34 minutes, he assisted Paul Aguilar in Mexico's only goal.

    El Tri lost 2-1 to Los Cafeteros and Chicharito fought hard to make a difference on the pitch, but Colombia controlled the match from beginning to end.

1st Goal

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    Chicharito would find his first goal in his second appearance with El Tri.

    Mexico faced Bolivia as part of the preparation process for South Africa 2010. Hernandez played the first half of the match, and he didn't disappoint.

    He scored Mexico's second and fourth goals at the 13th and 20th minutes, respectively.

    In his first one, he took advantage of a rebound inside the box and shot with his left leg to defeat Daniel Vaca.

    Seven minutes later, Hernandez did it again, this time by displaying his speed and accuracy in front of the goalkeeper.

Goal Against France

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    Mexico tied with South Africa in the 2010 World Cup opener, which left them with no other option than to defeat France.

    It would be a very tough task for El Tri but certainly not impossible. After 55 minutes, the game was still in a scoreless draw and Aguirre decided to make some adjustments.

    Chicharito came in for Efrain Juarez, and just nine minutes later, he secured his first goal in a World Cup and the one that helped crack the French fortress.

    It was particularly special because his grandfather, Tomas Balcazar, did the same back in Switzerland 1954.

1st Hat-Trick

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    In 2010, the Mexican Football Federation appointed Jose Manuel de la Torre as the team's new coach, his goal was to take the squad to the 2014 World Cup.

    The process started great, especially when Mexico won the 2011 Gold Cup for the sixth time, becoming the most successful squad in the tournament's history.

    For Hernandez, the first match against El Salvador marked his first hat-trick with the national team. He scored once with the head and once with each leg (the last one from the penalty spot).

2011 Gold Cup Awards

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    It was in that Gold Cup edition that he became the top scorer after putting the ball away seven times, three more than the closest competitors (Rodolfo Zelaya from Honduras and Aldo de Nigris from Mexico).

    Chicharito played all six games and wasn't substituted in any of them. His performance was so good that he received the Golden Boot and was recognized as the Most Valuable Player.

    The last time a footballer secured both awards was in 2002, when Brian McBride scored four times for the United States.

35th Goal

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    Chicharito made his first appearance in the Confederations Cup in 2013.

    Before the first game, in which El Tri lost 2-1 to Italy, the striker was fourth in Mexico's all-time scorers' table with 32 goals to his name, three shy from legends Carlos Hermosillo and Luis Hernandez.

    However, Chicharito managed to score once against Italy, from the penalty spot, and then he bagged a brace in front of Japan.

    With those goals he tied Hermosillo and Hernandez in the table, but he also gained ground in the race to becoming the best scorer in Mexico's history. He is chasing Jared Borgetti, who sent the ball away 46 times in his career.

     

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