Javier Hernandez's career in pictures
As Javier Hernandez's father was nicknamed 'Chicharro' - Spanish for 'pea' - his son was given the moniker 'Chicharito' - 'little pea' - and it is a name that has stuck. Now at Leverkusen, 'Chicharito' has had an eventful career to date...
Born in the Guadalajara, 'Chicharito' joined local club Chivas de Guadalajara and made his senior debut for the club in 2006, scoring the fourth goal in a win over Necaxa just five minutes after coming on as a sub
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Hernandez won two trophies in his time at Chivas: the Mexican league title in 2006 and the Interliga (a qualifying tournament for South and Central America's Copa Libertadores tournament).
Hernandez had agreed a transfer to English Premier League side Manchester United FC in April 2010, but he roared to international fame a few months later at the FIFA World Cup in South Africa. He scored his first World Cup goal against France in Mexico's second group game, and added another in a 3-1 defeat to Argentina in the second round.
Chicharito settled in quickly in Manchester and scored his first goal for the club in a 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford on 16 October 2010
The Mexican's first season in England could hardly have gone better, as he scored 20 goals in all competitions - the first United player to do so since Ruud van Nistelrooy in 2001-02 - and ended up with a Premier League winner's medal. He won a second Premier League title in 2012/13.
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In August 2014, Hernandez joined Real Madrid CF on a season-long loan, taking the number 14 shirt vacated by Xabi Alonso, who had joined FC Bayern München. He scored nine goals in all competitions, the most significant of which was the winning effort in a UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg against Real's city rivals Club Atletico de Madrid.
Bayer pulled off the major coup of signing Hernandez in the final days of the summer transfer window, 'Chicharito' penning a three-year deal at the club.
After much anticipation, Hernandez made his Bundesliga debut on 12 September, although it was a losing start as
Die Werkself were beaten at home by SV Darmstadt 98. © gettyimages / Alex Grimm
He didn't have to wait long to open his account, however. After scoring in the Champions League against FC BATE Borisov, he then bagged the winner in a 1-0 success over 1. FSV Mainz 05, his first strike in Germany's top flight
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