Javier Hernandez may have played his last game for LA Galaxy.
Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez is a Mexican soccer player who plays as a striker for Los Angeles Galaxy and has previously turned out for Guadalajara, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, West Ham United and Sevilla.
Chicharito is the only Mexican international soccer player to have reached half a century of goals for the men's national team. He has played for Mexico in the 2010, 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cup tournaments.
Chicharito and Manchester United
The 2012/13 season was a prolific one for Hernandez who scored 18 times in 36 appearances, as United retained the Premier League title largely thanks to the signing of Robin van Persie from Arsenal.
In 2013/14, Chicharito was not as prolific under new manager David Moyes as he had been under Sir Alex Ferguson. The Mexico striker bagged nine goals in 35 appearances in what was a below-par season for the Red Devils, who finished seventh in the Premier League.
Louis van Gaal took over ahead of the 2014/15 season and Chicharito was loaned out to Real Madrid, scoring nine goals in 33 appearances in all competitions.
On August 31, 2015, Hernandez signed for Bayer Leverkusen for a reported fee of £7.3million.
Success in the Bundesliga
Chicharito enjoyed a successful 2015/16 season for Bayer Leverkusen, scoring 17 times in the Bundesliga en route to his team finishing third. He netted 26 times in all competitions and made the Bundesliga Team of the Season, also winning the league's Player of the Month awards in November, December and January.
Chicharito followed that up in the 2016/17 season with further Player of the Month awards in September and February on his way to 13 goals in 36 appearances across all competitions.
In July 2017, Chicharito joined West Ham United for a reported fee of £16million, signing a three-year contract with the Hammers.
Chicharito and West Ham United
There was optimism surrounding the appointment of Manuel Pellegrini to replace Moyes, but West Ham got the 2018/19 season off to a disastrous start. They ultimately finished 10th in the Premier League with Chicharito once again scoring eight goals in all competitions - this time in 28 appearances.
Chicharito and Los Angeles Galaxy
After ending the 2019/20 season with just two goals to his name. Chicharito enjoyed an incredible start to the 2020/21 season, scoring a brace in LA Galaxy's opening match of the season against Inter Miami CF, before scoring a hat-trick the following week against New York Red Bulls.
Records with Mexico
Chicharito made his debut for the senior Mexican national team on September 30, 2009 against Colombia, picking up an assist in a 2-1 defeat. Previously, he had played for Mexico at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
In 2010 and 2011, Chicharito was in red-hot form for the national team. He scored 23 goals in 32 appearances across the course of the two years combined and played a starring role for Mexico at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. However, Mexico were eliminated in the round-of-16 by Diego Maradona's Argentina.
Chicharito once again played a crucial role at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Having netted five times in qualification, he scored against Croatia en route to Mexico making the round-of-16 again. Once more, they were beaten there, this time 2-1 by Louis van Gaal's Netherlands.
At the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Chicharito became the first player to score 50 goals for the Mexico men's national team when he netted in a 2-1 victory over South Korea. However, Mexico were once again eliminated at the round-of-16, this time falling to Brazil.
Chicharito studied business administration at Universidad del Valle de Atemajac while already playing soccer professionally. His childhood heroes were Hugo Sanchez and Rafael Marquez. Both were superstar Mexican players, Sanchez for Real Madrid and Marquez for Barcelona.
Chicharito's net worth
While Chicharito was at West Ham United, he reportedly earned around £145,000 per week. An anonymous individual claiming to be a former employee of West Ham United claimed to The West Ham Way podcast that Chicharito being the highest-paid player at the club while not playing was contributing to a toxic atmosphere within the camp.