In so far as many people now know him as Javier Chicharito Hernandez, the Mexican professional footballer is actually called Javier Hernandez. He is popular because he has played for clubs like Manchester United and West Ham United, for whom he currently plays as a striker. Having played a very important role in the Mexican team, he was invited to play at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. You can find out more about him here.
Bio and Age
The footballer was born on 1 June 1988 in the city of Guadalajara in Mexico as Javier Hernández Balcázar. However, he was raised in Morelia alongside his sister Ana Hernández Balcázar by his parents, Silvia Balcázar and Javier Gutiérrez.
Even as a child, it was obvious that his love of football made him predestined for this sport. This was not entirely surprising, as he was born into a football family with a father who played professional football and a grandfather who did the same when both played in the Mexican national team.
Although it was already clear that young Hernandez would become a footballer, his parents sent him to the Instituto Piaget for primary education, and from there he decided to pursue a youth career in the sports that were in the family’s blood.
As already mentioned, the name Chicharito was not given to him at birth. He inherited it just like he inherited football from his father. In his playing days, the elder Hernandez was known as Chícharo, which means peas because of his green eyes. The name Chicharito, which means small pea, was then coined for the younger Hernandez.
Club Football Career
Chicharito began his club football career in Guadalajara in 1997, and by 2006 his skills had earned him a place in the club’s senior team, which marked the beginning of his senior career. He remained loyal to the club until 2010 when Manchester United signed the player of the Mexican professional football club with whom he won the Mexican Primera División: Apertura in 2006.
After joining the Red Devils and playing 103 games with 37 goals, 2 English Premier League titles, and an FA Community Shield in his name, Javier Chicharito Hernandez was sent on loan to Spanish giants Real Madrid. Between 2014 and 2015, when he remained with the club, he had won a FIFA World Cup title and contributed 7 goals in 23 matches.
Bayer Leverkusen became his next club after his transfer in 2015, and from there he returned to England in 2017 to play for West Ham United. By the end of the 2017/2018 season, he had already played 28 games for the club and scored 8 goals.
National Football Career
Javier Chicharito Hernandez began playing in Mexico’s national colors in 2007 when he played for the U-20 team. After only playing two games for the team and scoring one goal, he waited until 2009 when he was called up for national duties in the main squad.
By the time he was invited to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Hernandez had already played 101 games for the country, seeing the back of the net 49 times.
The Mexican striker has been involved in a number of relationships in the past. The first woman to become known as the footballer’s girlfriend is Leticia Sahagún. The relationship between the two flourished from 2009 onwards but did not see the light of day as it ended in 2015.
At the time, there was a rumor that he was dating a Hawaiian actress, Chaska Borek. Nevertheless, the next woman who openly became his girlfriend was Lucia Villalon, but the relationship was to end in the same year.
The next relationship of Javier Chicharito Hernandez was with the Mexican singer, actress, and model Camila Sodi in 2017, and again his relationship with the divorcée did not last long as it was soon to end.
Javier Chicharito Hernandez’ Net Worth
Having played for some of the world’s most important clubs such as Real Madrid and Manchester United, Hernandez has reached a major point in his football career. It is therefore not surprising that his net worth is estimated at 17 million dollars. His weekly salary at West Ham United is over 185,000 dollars (140,000 pounds).
The baby-faced Javier Hernandez has a good height and general body build, even as he is still gentle in his style of football. Even though his skills have helped him as a footballer more than anything else, his body build has also not been without any use. He has a height of 5 feet 8 inches (1.77m) and a body weight of 137 lbs (62 kg).