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- Date of Birth:
- June 1, 1988
- 5' 9"
Javier Hernandez (born [Javier Hernandez Balcazar in Guadalajara, Mexico on June 1, 1988) is a Mexican, professional soccer player, who plays as a forward for the German club, Bayer Leverkusen and the Mexico national team. Javier, also known as Chicahrito, began his professional career in 2006, playing for the Mexican club team, C.D. Guadalajara. He later became the first Mexican player to join Manchester United team in July 2010. After disagreeing with his team managers, he spent a brief hiatus away from Manchester, playing for Real Madrid in 2014. He then permanently moved to Bayer Leverkusen in August 2015. On the national level, Chicharito made his debut for the national Mexican team in September 2009. He also represented Mexico at the 2013 and 2014 FIFA World Cup, as well as the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.
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Javier Hernandez is best known for playing as a forward for Bayer Leverkusen and the Mexico national team. He is also recognized as the second highest goal scorer of all time for the national team. And his goals per minute ratio is among the most prolific in the history of the Premier League, when he played for Manchester United.
Javier Hernandez is the son of Javier Hernandez Gutierrez, who played for three different clubs in Mexico and competed in the 1986 FIFA World Cup. Chicharito is also the grandson of another footballer who played in the 1954 FIFA World Cup. In May 2012, Javier became the Mexican ambassador for UNICEF, making him the third Mexican to serve in that position. He participates in activities and events that encourage children to pursue an education.