Chicharito’s iconic moments for Man United, Real Madrid, LA Galaxy...

Mexico striker Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez has enjoyed a host of career highlights during prolific spells in the Premier League, La Liga and MLS

Over the course of his glistening career, Javier Hernandez has made his name as a lethal finisher, winning trophies for both club and country in the process.

Chicharito has played in three major leagues across Europe, is the top scorer for the Mexico national team, and is currently the highest paid player in Major League Soccer at LA Galaxy.

He's experienced a career that most soccer players could only aspire to. So, with that in mind, Planet Sport looks at some of Chicharito's finest moments.

Breaking through at CD Guadalajara

Chicharito made his professional debut for Guadalajara in 2006, but had to remain patient as he slowly and steadily broke through to the first team.

After becoming a regular starter in the 2008/09 season, he scored seven goals. However, it was in the following season when his talent truly shone.

Hernandez netted 21 goals, jointly winning the Golden Boot: Bicentenario 2010 alongside Johan Fano and Herculez Gomez.

His dazzling form caught the eye of a Manchester United scout in Mexico and after six months Hernandez was a United player.

World Cup goals

At the 2010 World Cup in Brazil, Chicharito did nothing to dampen expectations ahead of his move to Manchester, scoring his first ever goal at the competition in a 2-0 win over France.

He added a second to his name with a left-footed effort against Argentina, as he helped Mexico to a round-of-16 finish. It wasn't just in the goals department where Hernandez impressed, though. He was clocked as reaching the fastest speed of any player at the tournament at 32.15 km/h.

In each of the following World Cups, he added to his tally, earning Chicharito the accolade as the joint-highest scoring Mexican player at a World Cup.

He became the first Mexican to reach 50 international goals when scoring in Russia at the 2018 edition of the tournament.

Joining Manchester United

Chicharito's move to Manchester United was a big deal for multiple reasons - the transfer was agreed unusually early on April 8, 2010, leaving plenty of time for United fans to build anticipation for his arrival in the summer.

Hernandez - the Bicentenario Forward of the Season - was also about to represent his country at the 2010 World Cup before becoming the first Mexican to play for United.

After a goal on his debut in the Community Shield win over Chelsea, Hernandez proved to be an astute signing, scoring 20 goals in his first season in England. A feat so impressive, it won him the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award for that campaign.

In his first season at the club, Chicharito helped Manchester United to the league title. Just two years later, he added another league title to his collection after winning the 2012/13 trophy, with Chicharito scoring an impressive 18 goals in all competitions.

Signing for Real Madrid

It's a dream for any player to sign for a club with the stature of Real Madrid and Chicharito achieved it at the beginning of the 2014/15 season.

He contributed effectively to the side, scoring nine goals as Carlo Ancelotti's team finished second in that season's La Liga.

Hernandez also picked up some silverware that season as Real defeated San Lorenzo in the 2014 Club World Cup final, although he was an unused substitute throughout the tournament.

A permanent move to the Bernabeu did not materialise at the end of the loan. However, a summer move to the Bundesliga saw Chicharito enjoy the most prolific goalscoring form of his career.

Winning silverware for Mexico

Chicharito has helped his country win two CONCACAF trophies. First came a 2011 Gold Cup, with victory over USA in the final.

Hernandez played the full 90 minutes and although he didn't score any of the four goals that day, he comfortably finished the tournament as top scorer with seven.

A victory in the CONCACAF Cup came four years later, again with a win over USA. This time, Chicharito scored the opening goal of the contest before his team-mates finished the job in extra time.

That same year, he was included in the CONCACAF Best XI and won the Men's Player of the Year award, capping off a successful year.

Scoring 26 goals in 2015/16 for Bayer Leverkusen

After getting off to a slow start for Bayer Leverkusen, with just one goal in his first six games, Chicharito quickly became one of the most prolific strikers in Europe that season.

A hat-trick against Borussia Monchengladbach was a high point in a campaign that saw him win the Bundesliga Player of the Month award three times in a row between November 2015 and January 2016.

Inevitably, Hernandez secured his place in the Team of the Season as Leverkusen secured Champions League qualification for a fourth consecutive season.

However, Chicharito's high-flying form didn't quite carry over into the following season. He scored half as many times and was shipped off to the Premier League and West Ham United.

Becoming the highest paid player in Major League Soccer

After forgettable spells with West Ham and Sevilla, Chicharito joined the seventh club of his career, signing as a Designated Player for LA Galaxy.

Renowned in North America, he was always going to be an appealing signing for an MLS club.

It was also a signing that followed in Galaxy's tradition of signing big-name players from the European leagues.

In his first season at the club, Hernandez failed to live up to expectations, scoring just two goals.

However, after stating that the past few months were the hardest he's ever worked in his career, Chicharito seems to be on his way to recovering his goalscoring touch of old.

He netted a brace against Inter Miami CF in the opening fixture of the 2021 season before scoring a hat-trick the following week against New York Red Bulls.

The trio of strikes were all trademark fox-in-the-box strikes from the lethal goal poacher as LA Galaxy finally see some return on their huge financial investment.

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