No matter what happens at this summer’s World Cup, Javier Hernandez will always be an icon in the eyes of his compatriots.
Mexico’s all-time leading goalscorer with an impressive 49 goals in 101 games, Hernandez scored twice at the 2010 World Cup before notching once in 2014, and he could usurp 1998 hero Luis Hernandez as his country’s top scorer at World Cup finals if he manages to net twice in Russia.
It remains to be seen whether manager Juan Carlos Osorio decides to use Chicharito from the start in Russia, with Raul Jimenez also vying to lead the line for El Tricolor.
Hernandez will be hoping that Osorio favours him for his country’s opener against Germany on 17 June, but he will be sure to savour every moment in Mexico colours as he looks to better his father - Javier Snr helped Mexico reach the quarter-finals at the 1990 World Cup.
“Representing Mexico has always been a dream come true, not only in the World Cup but every time I’m called up to play a friendly match, or in a Confederations Cup or any official tournament,” Hernandez said.
“I always wear this shirt with pride and I appreciate being valued as one of the best in my country.”