The Argentine daily La Nación devoted an article to the Mexican striker Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez.
The hot streak the Manchester United striker has had in recent months caused an echo in a country where football is a religion.
Following is the full text published by the newspaper. (Originally in Spanish)
Chicharito Javier Hernandez: With Football In His Blood
Balcazar Tomás González could not believe it. The news of the sale of his grandson to the mighty Manchester United came through the media of Guadalajara and the surprise was such that almost killed him, in his own words. “I thought that football had given me everything, but this information has surprised me, I never expected it,” he said. His grandson had already planned their holiday to America with his parents, but changed the destiny, Atlanta was their destination, and made her a surprise the old man: “Try to be aware of the press because I have a gift you will love very much, ” Chicharito warned.
Don Thomas, 79, thankful for not having heart problems. His good health probably has to do with his past as an athlete. More precisely, as a footballer. Balcazar Gonzalez was born in Guadalajara and at an early age had contact with the ball. His early football was in the national tournament, playing for Jalisco, one of the 32 states of Mexico. And that’s where he discovered the Club Deportivo Guadalajara; his career began and ended in Chivas after 10 years and more than 50 goals.
The grandson, who is proud of, none other than Javier Hernandez Balcazar, better known as “Chicharito.” 22, was considered the fastest player in the World Cup. FIFA is clocked 32.15 mph and topped the list of those who got the fastest race within a game. “Chicharito” is the son of Javier “Chicharo” Hernandez, a talented striker who shone in the Tecos, Puebla and Monarcas Morelia. Genetics and football together for three generations and 3 World Cups: Don Thomas played the World Cup in Switzerland 1954, “Chicharo” Played in Mexico 1986 and “Chicharito” showed his skills in South Africa 2010.
Javier, who inherited his father’s nickname ”Chicharo” because of its short stature and green eyes, had prepared another surprise to his grandfather Thomas. Both share the experience of Scoring a World Cup goal against France. On June 19, 1954, Geneva, Mexico fell 3-2 to the France, but Balcázar Scored at Minute 85. 56 years later and several miles away at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, Hernandez opened the scoring in the victory of the Aztecs on les Bleus, by 2 to 0. The grandfather, his sister and his parents were part of the delegation accompanying family man “Chicharito” to South Africa. As Thomas could see both from the podium, while his wife fainted in Guadalajara.
“The legs do not hold me and I think even I fell for a second,” recalled Luz Maria Anaya Balcazar, the lady in question, about the time of her grandson goal scored for Mexico in the match against France. When she recovered, the first thing she did was go Doña Lucha wa to go to the altar in her home to thank God and the Virgin Mary.
“I do not discuss the issue of his sale, because it will be very difficult for us to separate from him, his parents and sister because they’re all going to live in England. We do not want to think much about it, the detachment will be especially painful because we are a very close family, “said a tearful when asked about the sale of “Javi ” as he calls in. Intimacy in which the young crack enjoy the chicken made by his proud grandmother. A meal that gave way to the menus that you prepared in the Red Devils, where he plays under the direction of a true grandfather of football: Sir Alex Ferguson.
The family united by football, a life with the ball passed from generation to generation and a coincidence that, beyond the results, it is still global. The first day of June 1988 a star was born in Mexico, the son of a great player and grandson of a legend.