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Chicharito’s ridiculous goalscoring record for Mexico

Javier Hernandez was unknown in Europe when Manchester United signed him for £6m from Mexican side Guadalajara. That summer he went to the World Cup with Mexico, having just turned 22-years-old, and United fans were eager to see who we’d bought.

We first saw him as a 73rd minute substitute in Mexico’s 1-1 draw with host nation South Africa. He came on in the 55th minute in Mexico’s following game, with his country drawing 0-0 with France. Less than ten minutes later Mexico took the lead after Hernandez scored, despite appearing to look 10 yards offside when he received the ball. Replays showed he was onside though, as he raced away from the backline, took the ball around Hugo Lloris and put his country 1-0 up. His grandfather, Tomás Balcázar, scored for Mexico against France in the 1954 World Cup. He then played for the last half an hour in Mexico’s 1-0 defeat against Uruguay but still progressed out of the group. Mexico were outclassed by Argentina in the round of 16 but Hernandez earned his spot in the starting line-up and managed to score again.

Before the World Cup, Hernandez had scored just 5 goals for his country, all in friendlies, against Holland, Bolivia, Gambia, North Korea and New Zealand. Since the World Cup, you can’t stop him from scoring for Mexico.

The following summer he won the CONCACAF Gold Cup with Mexico and was the tournament’s top scorer and best player. They won all three of their group stage games against Costa Rica, El Salvador and and Cuba. They beat Guatemala 2-1 in the quarter-finals (Hernandez scored the winner), Honduras 2-0 in the semi-finals (Hernandez scored), and USA 4-2 in the final in front of a crowd of 93,000 fans.

Chicharito is currently representing Mexico in the Confederations Cup and last week scored a goal against Italy. To have international goals against Brazil, Spain, Argentina, Holland, France and Italy is pretty good going for a 25-year-old!

That latest goal takes him to 33 in 51 games, making him the 5th highest scorer for Mexico. If he scores two more goals he will equal the goals tally reached by retired players Luis Hernández and Carlos Hermosillo, making him the 3rd highest scorer. He’s currently six goals away from equalling retired Cuauhtémoc Blanco’s record, which would make him the 2nd highest scorer. To equal the record of Jared Borgetti, who retired in 2008, Chicharito has to score a further 13 goals, and then he will be Mexico’s highest scorer.

All of the players below Chicharito in the top ten have now retired, meaning that if he does secure the record, it should be safe for quite some time.

When you compare Hernandez’s record with the best strikers in the world, his goals per game record is considerably better than anyone’s.

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. WeAreUnited says:

    why am not surprised abotu Chicha.

    his all around game this season improved 110% and the lads stats are better when he has started a game, not to mention when he’s coming as a substitute.

    a perfect striker, almost. a Inzaghi like legend to the game of football, if he gets his chances and stays with us. He’ll become a legend here, trust me. this guy is GOLD:


  2. MEXICO is RED says:

    We are having several internal problems, Chicharito is a great player but he needs someone who pass to him, Gio dos Santos is doing a great job but the guy who is supposed to do that Guardado is playing shit for months and our Coach hates the best mexican player in Spain Carlos Vela (an ex-Arsenal), we need him and Jona dos Santos (Gio’s little brother) to fix the boat… Chicharito scores two against Nigeria a few weeks ago also.

  3. samuel - united WE stand says:

    If united are interested in thiago then the club better have been at an advanced stage of negotiating, close enough to finalise tnings or things will go pot quickly. Hat-trick will not make things easier that’s for sure.

  4. Kings says:

    World class and we are very fortunate to have him at United. Love the kid.

  5. WeAreUnited says:


    exaclty, let’s hope so. Have been following Thiago a long time, and since his first touch of football with barcas first team I was convinced, he’s not a finished product which makes it even better.

    CMON DDG talk sense to Thiago!

  6. Jay says:

    Manchester United do things quietly, for all we know negotiating may have already started but they have told Thiago not to say anything, didn’t De Gea keep denying he had signed for us until the deal was finalised. Look at Zaha, I had no idea we were in for him, Ferguson even said we are not looking to sign any players in January. I would love it if we got Thiago, it also helps that he speaks fluent English.

  7. Marq says:

    No one doubts Hernandez’s ability. Its our midfielders’ inability to find him early enough that we should look at. We must never let him go. I don’t think he will demand to play first team, but if we don’t play him more he will look elsewhere

    On a side note. After the crazy amount that PSG and Chelsea paid for the likes of Moura and Hazard, Thiago at that amount looks a steal. We should give it a good go for him. Unless we get flattened by the wage demands

  8. WeAreUnited says:


    spot on about Chicha, we should never let him go and I would add that we need to use him correclty cause he’s a possible 25+ goal man a season. yes he will sometimes be on the dark for 2 games, but that’s why he will be substituted then. And then into the next game.

    as for Thiago. 18mill heck 20mill would be a steal. and we should forget about the wages and just go for it. It’s not like these kind of chances comes often. SOmetimes you just gotta pull it.

    nice to see you here mate! I myself haven’t been around that much because of work and stuff, but maybe when the season starts, we’ll bump more :D

  9. King Eric says:

    Yes Thiago is a great player but chooses wages and rentboys then fuck it. That’s the state of the game today. Having said that he could have just tossed it off at Barca but wants regular football. That ponce Sky presenter saying how only dippers and Swansea play a passing brand of football from the academy. Steve McLaren soon put the cunt right and said United been doing it for years bringing young players on.

  10. Alansmith14mufc NigerianRed says:

    Moyes sign him up..with thiago and strootman i think that should be it.we will be ready to challenge for the epl,league cup,ucl and the fa.cup…reports also linking us with ezequiel garay,i dont think he is good enough,we should either promote keane or wotton than paying £15m for a madrid flop.

  11. samuel - united WE stand says:

    King eric – united academy is one that really places emphasis on younger players having technical ability. The club does teach passing football but not for the sake of prancing about, it has to be with purpose. On thiago, united face a real battle to get him unless the club has already been at an advanced stage of negotiation and he’s about to agree terms. It will be a shame to miss out on another top younger player with world class potential but if he chooses others for his reasons then fuck all can be done about it.

  12. samuel - united WE stand says:

    To be fair to garay, he may have not had things go his way at an early stage of his career but who is to say he hasn’t improved massively since gaining more game time and confidence?. Michael keane has top potential but he may need a loan spell in the PL in order to step up at united and i’m not sure about wooton’s capability for the highest level.

  13. wayne says:

    What I’ve read he’s doing for footballing reasons proving he’s good enough to play in the World Cup so it’d seem unlikely he’ll go to France

  14. Mozza79 says:

    While his goals per game ration in international football is impressive it’s important to note that the majority of his games in qualifying are against sub par CONCACAF opposition. Not really fair to compare it to players playing in UEFA and CONMEBOL.

  15. Rukky says:

    Nigerianred; keane and wooton are not ready. But i look at varane, i wonder if he is better than phil jone. Phil should be given a good run in his favourite role to aid his progress.

  16. Rukky says:

    Eagerly waiting 4 July 1st. I like moyes’s style. When was the last tym any1 heard him say a thing to the media. Maureen became the happy one over night(i stil maureen though).

  17. Toms says:

    I would just say look at his competition relative to the other players.

    Then go look at his club minutes to goals ratio.

    He’s silly.

    Fucking Silly good player.

  18. Marq says:


    Yea mate, not on here much too, nothing to talk about in close season. Boring. Can’t wait for Moyes to start his regime! Or for that matter, when United sign someone significant.

  19. FletchTHEMAN says:

    You bitters can argue all you want about like for like comparisons.
    Note that Scotts piece did it properly, comparing Chicharito with 2 other legends of Mexican national team.
    You can never compare UEFA with CONCACAF etc, but measured against other national team players you start to see the point of this article.
    Even measuring Rooney v Charlton is hard b/c of time difference, and different make up of competition.

    It is what it is. Either complain, or revel in it for what it says about the player.
    Think we can all agree we will never know about Hernandez as first choice unless he becomes first choice at United. Until then, he is best compared with other game changers like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Nothing wrong with that mind. But important to make proper comparisons.

    Last season Danny Welbeck was getting stick for not scoring like the strikers, even though he virtually never was played as an out and out striker. He was played as a winger, and a defensive winger at that. Comparing Danny with Nani and Valencia? Didn’t look to bad did he.

    Important to make proper comparisons.

  20. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Can’t wait until the Fixtures list is out.
    Should be a fun day.

    Hope we don’t have another monday start. I just hate monday games.

  21. chalkie270 says:

    Here’s a stat for chico he is the highest player in the premier league to score against cech 4 Chelsea and along with de gea is the best keeper in the premiership and also up there with the worlds best and seeing that for the last 2 seasons chico has been used as a substitute alot that’s a task in its self!!

  22. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Fucking pique is at it, please tell me united at an advanced stage of negotiating, don’t tell me we are just putting a bloody bid in….

  23. leaxan says:

    “Mexico were outclassed by Argentina in the round of 16 ” BULLSHIT! the ref was biased. Tevez was offside for a goal and a couple of other controversial decisions.

    so don’t say out classed. Bloody hell!

  24. The One says:

    I’m getting jittery about our chances of signing Thiago :(

  25. Jorge Curioso says:

    I think that ak47′s point was not that Hernández isn’t quality — we all agree on that — but that his ridiculous goal scoring numbers at the national level are inflated by playing in a very weak confederation. Hence his numbers being much better than Cristiano and Messi, in spite of the latter being much better players and goal-scorers.


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