Affectionately known as Chicharito, the little pea, Javier Hernandez is a clinical striker and his goal threat will be key to Mexico's chances of getting out of Group A at the World Cup. His first team action has been limited for Manchester United this season, but as a real fox in the box, Chicharito can usually be relied on to finish any chances which come his way.
As the son of former Mexico striker Javier Hernandez Gutierrez, football was always likely to be the profession of Javier Hernandez and he joined C.D. Guadalajara at the age of nine before signing his first professional contract when he was just 15. In four seasons playing at a professional level for C.D. Guadalajara, Hernandez made 64 appearances and scored 26 goals, helping his local side to two titles and it was not long before he was noticed by a top European side.
Manchester United had been keeping tabs on Javier Hernandez for some time, but were forced to make a move for him when it was revealed he would feature in Mexico's 2010 World Cup squad. Fearful other teams would compete for his signature the Red Devils snapped him up two months before the tournament in South Africa, which proved to be a shrewd move. Hernandez has played 101 times for Manchester United and got himself on the score sheet on 37 occasions, helping the Old Trafford club to two Premier League titles and an FA Community Shield triumph.
Javier Hernandez's senior international career began in 2009 and he scored his first ever World Cup goal against France in the 2010 South Africa tournament, emulating his grandfather Tomás Balcázar who scored against France in the 1954 finals. He has played 58 times for his country and is among their first choice strikers having netted 35 goals for Mexico.
Javier Hernandez 2014 World Cup Tips
In spite of his small stature, Hernandez is quite capable in the air and also has a good turn of pace to accompany his deadly finishing ability. More than just a poacher, he will be a thorn in the side for any defence in Brazil and should be a considered a serious contender to be Mexico's Top Goalscorer.