Goal.com World Player Of The Week: Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez - Mexico

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Goal.com World Player of the Week #54: Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez Balcazar
Club: CD Guadalajara (joining Manchester United in July)
Country: Mexico
Age: 22
Role: Forward
Castrol Ranking: n/a
Achievement: Three international goals in two matches

'Chicharito' is making quite a name for himself. It was announced in April that the 22-year-old would join Manchester United after the World Cup, becoming the first Mexican to represent the club. He moves on from Chivas in his homeland after 73 matches and 29 goals.


It is on the international stage that Hernandez is now impressing. He has notched seven goals in 11 matches under Javier Aguirre and has played his way onto the plane for the World Cup in South Africa. His performances in the last two matchdays have no doubt encouraged the trainer to take his break-out star to the event.

Last week, Chicharito scored against European heavyweights, The Netherlands, after a subdued appearance at Wembley against England. He followed that up with a two-goal salvo in Germany against Gambia in conditions best described as awful.

This June he becomes a third-generation World Cup star; his father Javier Hernandez Gutierrez represented El Tri in 1986 and his grandfather, Tomas Balcazar played and scored in 1954.

The Mexicans have made it out of the group stages in their last four World Cup campaigns and Hernandez could be the man to help them do it again.
Hernandez's goal against Holland can be seen here and his double v Gambia here.

Congratulations to Chicharito, Goal.com's 54th World Player of the Week!

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