5 Top Mexican Moments for Manchester United's Javier Hernandez

Scott RomFeatured ColumnistJune 3, 2014

5 Top Mexican Moments for Manchester United's Javier Hernandez

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    Javier Hernandez is the third generation of footballer in his family to play for Mexico, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather in wearing the national shirt of El Tricolor.

    The 26-year-old striker has only been playing for the national team for five years but is already their third ranked striker of all time, behind Jared Borgetti and Cuauhtemoc Blanco. All the other players in the top 10 have retired and Hernandez is just 11 goals short of equalling the record.

    Still, in those five years, Hernandez has created plenty of great memories but which are his best moments?

His Debut: 2009

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    Hernandez made just two appearances for Mexico U20, scoring one goal, before he played for the first team.

    On 30 September 2009, Hernandez made his debut for Mexico in a 2-1 defeat against Colombia. After his country went 2-0 down, Hernandez provided an assist for a Paul Nicolas Aguilar consolation goal.

His First Goals: 2010

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    On 24 February 2010, Hernandez scored his first goals for Mexico in their 5-0 victory over Bolivia. He scored twice and also assisted a goal for Braulio Luna.

    With the World Cup approaching, Hernandez made sure he did all he could to be considered for the squad, despite only recently getting his first call-up.

World Cup: 2010

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    Hernandez signed for Manchester United just before the World Cup in 2010, despite being more or less unheard of in Europe beforehand, so there were more people paying attention to his performances in South Africa than there would have been otherwise been.

    The Mexican striker didn't disappoint.

    He came off the bench to score against Hugo Lloris, who was in goal for France, after beating the offside trap. In doing so, Hernandez followed in the footsteps of his grandfather, Tomas Balcazar, who scored against France in the 1954 World Cup.

    Hernandez then started for Mexico in their round of 16 game against Argentina and scored a consolation goal in a 3-1 defeat. 

CONCACAF Gold Cup: 2011

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    Hernandez was the top goalscorer and named player of the tournament in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup which was played in the United States.

    He scored the first hat-trick of his international career in a 5-0 victory over El Salvador. He then scored two goals against Cuba, before scoring the winner in a 2–1 win over Guatemala to put Mexico into the semi-finals.

    Hernandez then helped Mexico reach the Gold Cup final after a 2–0 win over Honduras in extra-time, where he scored Mexico's second goal in the 99th minute. 

    Mexico beat the United States 4-2 in the final.

Confederations Cup: 2013

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    Mexico qualified for the Confederations Cup in 2013 thanks to their victory in the Gold Cup two years earlier.

    Despite a disappointing tournament for his country, after being drawn in an incredibly tough group, the striker performed well.

    Hernandez scored an equalising goal against Italy in the group stages, before Mario Balotelli scored a late winner.

    He then scored twice in Mexico's final group stage game against Japan in his country's 2-1 victory. However, after defeats against Brazil and Italy, Mexico failed to get out of the group.