It was a long road to the top for Javier Hernandez, but he's proved his worth since getting there.
It was a long road to the top for Javier Hernandez, but he's proved his worth since getting there.

Ten things about Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez

Bayer 04 Leverkusen pulled off one of the biggest transfer coups of summer 2015 by signing Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez from Manchester United FC.

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1) 'El Chicharito'

Hernandez is better known as 'El Chicharito', which means 'the little pea'. It is a diminutive form of the nickname given to his father Javier Hernandez Gutierrez, who was known as 'El Chicharo' (the pea) in reference to his green eyes. Hernandez junior joined Chivas Guadalajara at the age of just nine, although at the time he played as full-back. "One of my coaches told me that I should move into attack instead," he revealed.

10) Extra-curricular activities

Hernandez is a UNICEF ambassador and was also one of the six characters used by Turkish Airlines in one of their advertising campaigns. His portrait for that project, drawn by Craig Redman, sold for £520 in a charity auction.

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