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Passion for football passed down through the generations

Passion for football passed down through the generations

Javier Hernández comes from a footballing family. His father ‘El Chícharo’ and grandfather were both internationals with Mexico.

For Javier 'Chicharito' Hernández, his passion for the ‘beautiful game’ is a family affair which has been passed down from generation to generation. His love of football wasn’t the only things he inherited from his father and grandfather on his mother’s side – it’s also where he gained his nickname. His grandfather Tomás Balcázar was one of the star strikers of the 1950s who played for Chivas and represented Mexico at the 1954 World Cup finals. His father, 'El Chícharo' (which in English means ‘pea’) also played for Chivas and, together with Hugo Sánchez and Javier Aguirre, was part of the national team at Mexico ’86. 'El Chícharo' was given his nickname for his short stature and due to his unusual, green eyes.

In keeping with tradition 'Chicharito' also turned out for Chivas before making the leap to Europe and like his forefathers has also been capped by Mexico. Indeed, he has the honour of being the author of goal number 2,100 for the national side – against France during the group stage of 2010 World Cup South Africa. His grandfather found the net against the same rivals in the 1954 edition. 'Chicharito' is continuing the lineage, his most recent victims being Atlético de Madrid.

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