Javier Hernández transfers to Bayer 04 Leverkusen of the German Bundesliga for a fee of £7.3 million, on a 3 year deal.
The Mexican, known as “Chicharito” which translates to “Little Pea”, came to Old Trafford off of the back of his fantastic 2010 World Cup performance in South Africa. Sir Alex Ferguson signed him up from Guadalajara for £5.25 million at the start of the 2010/11 season.
At United he was a notorious super sub, he came on in many Premier League games to score some of the most peculiar late winners. My favourite was his goal against Stoke in 2011. The ball came in, Chicharito ran away from the goal line, jumped, curved his body into a backwards C type shape and, smashed the ball into the back of the net, using the back of his head!
He would always come onto the field with excitement, showing off his spicy Mexican flair. Hernández was always fun to watch and great for a last goal scorer bet.
He went on to score 59 goals in 157 games for Manchester United.
His international record is also very good. He has 40 goals in only 74 games for Mexico.
Last season, van Gaal sent him on loan to Real Madrid, as part of the deal to bring Ángel Di María to Old Trafford. At Los Blancos he scored 9 goals in 33 appearances.
For the past couple seasons Tottenham Hotspur have been hot favourites to sign the Mexican striker, but Bayer Leverkusen have beaten them to it. His new German side bid for him with some extra cash that they’ve had come in for the sale of South Korean play maker Hueng-Min Son to the club that has been chasing Hernández, Spurs.