Summary

  • Chicharito with five Bundesliga goals in 2016/17.
  • Joint-top of the scoring charts after six matches.
  • Scored 17 times in the Bundesliga last season.

He is on a red-hot scoring streak at the moment, and it is his name that appears prominently in the most important statistics after the game, but Bayer 04 Leverkusen striker Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez might just be the most modest man in football.

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Even after scoring five times in his last three matches in all competitions, taking his career tally in European club football to 101 goals and moving joint-top of the Bundesliga top scorers' charts, the Mexico international still only has eyes for the collective.

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Watch: Find out if Chicharito can lead Leverkusen to Keepy-Uppy Relay gold:

"I know that most people measure attackers in goals," Chicharito said after scoring decisive second goal in Leverkusen's 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 6. "I try to play as good as possible, and the most important thing is to continue winning. There are no individuals in football, it's a team sport."

Watch: Red-hot Chicharito struck again for Leverkusen against Dortmund:

Chicharito was similarly effusive of his teammates a week earlier, after helping himself to the second Bundesliga hat-trick of his career in the barnstorming win at 1. FSV Mainz 05's Coface Arena. "It's Leverkusen against Mainz, not Chicharito against Mainz [...] I believe in the team, simply because we're good, we've got the right attitude and a good group of lads."

Watch: Highlights as Chicharito puts three past Mainz:

Modesty aside, there can be no doubting that Leverkusen are an entirely different proposition when 'Little Pea' is in top form. Bayer have only lost four of the 16 Bundesliga games in which their famous No.7 has been on the scoresheet - to date an impressive 22 times in 33 Bundesliga appearances.

Watch: Chicharito reacts to Bayer's Matchday 6 triumph over BVB:

Chicharito already has five goals in as many Bundesliga matches in 2016/17 alone and, with an average goals-per-game ratio of 0.66 since moving to the BayArena in August 2015, the Bundesliga's all-time Mexican leading goalscorer by quite a distance is now on course to blow his 17-strike debut season haul out of the water.

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If the Mexican does succeed in giving FC Bayern München's Robert Lewandowski, Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Hertha Berlin's Vedad Ibisevic and 1. FC Köln's Anthony Modeste the slip at the top of the 2016/17 scoring charts, you can bet your bottom dollar he will not take any of the credit for doing so.

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