Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez’s move to Real Madrid has not been met with universal enthusiasm in Mexico, with Atlas coach Tomas Boy – an old friend of the Hernandez family – heavily criticizing it.
“Less minutes, more critics and a pile of shirt (sales),” was former Mexico international Boy’s assessment in a Guadalajara press conference Tuesday. “He’s a fantastic goalscorer that has made very bad decisions. He’s making a career as a sub.”
Boy was also skeptical of Hernandez’s chances of surpassing current Real Madrid starting striker Karim Benzema.
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“The best center forward in the world plays in Real Madrid, which is Benzema, as well Cristiano Ronaldo, an egocentric player that always wants the ball,” added Boy.
Hernandez’s Mexico teammate Andres Guardado has a more positive prognostic for the 26-year-old striker at Real Madrid, indicating that he believes the striker will do well in La Liga.
“I’ve no doubt he will do very well,” said the PSV player, after El Tri’s training session in Santa Clara, Calif. on Tuesday. “He’s demonstrated that when he comes off the bench or starts he scores a lot of goals and he will do there.”
Guardado went even further and suggested that there is a tendency in Mexico for successful people and players to be criticized.
“We are always very critical in Mexico, very malinchista (a Mexican who criticizes fellow Mexicans or Mexican culture),” he continued. “We want Mexican people to not do well. I don’t understand, but it is something that isn’t recent, I think it has always been like that.”