Not much fazes Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez, but the Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Mexico megastar went weak at the knees when Houston Texans great J.J. Watt dropped in on El Tri's pre-match training session on Sunday.
"Nice to meet you, I'm a really big fan," Chicharito said, trembling with excitement as he shook the hand of four-time Pro Bowl winner and three-time AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Watt. The Leverkusen striker then posed for photographs with the towering defensive end, proudly clutching a Watt 99 jersey, which he could not wait to pull on. Chicharito proceeded to show off his quarterback skills, before having his prized piece of NFL memorabilia signed by the big man himself.
"This is unbelievable," a visibly starstruck Hernandez said. "Thank you so, so much. I'll give you mine tomorrow [from the Copa America Centenario game against Venezuela]. Call me and we'll sort out the details."
"Thanks, I appreciate it," replied Watt, who holds the Texans' franchise records for sacks and forced fumbles, before explaining that he’ll be paying the Mexico team another visit in the autumn. "Hopefully you can make it."
"Hopefully," smiled Chicharito, hoisting his Watt shirt aloft like a giddy child whose birthdays had all come at once.
One goal from history
Chicharito takes to the field at the Houston Texans' NRG Stadium on Monday, needing just one goal to equal Mexico's all-time scoring record of 46, currently held by Jared Borgetti.
El Tri are already through to the Copa America Centenario quarter-finals and will finish top of Group C as long as they avoid defeat to second-placed Venezuela.