|Org||Mexico National Team|
|Club as Player||LA Galaxy|
|West Ham United|
2015 06 20 Retrieve
[Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez says he didn’t feel wanted at Real Madrid after frustrating season on loan in Spain] I learned a lot during my season at Real Madrid, it helped me find myself again as a player. But I had to warm the bench a lot. It was massively frustrating because I didn’t feel important
2015 12 30 Retrieve
[on Sir Alex Ferguson] I’m so grateful to Ferguson. I think he’s the best there’s ever been, especially his squad management skills. Every player had his place. A squad player could still play 15 games a season. He opened the door to Europe for me and I won two league titles there
2016 03 04 Retrieve
[Good guy Javier Hernandez reveals how he still meets and texts Alex Ferguson for advice] For me, he’s the best. He gave me the chance to make my dream come true to play first of all in Europe and then for one of the biggest clubs in all of football history
I keep in touch. Even when we played in the Champions League before the Atletico Madrid game, we texted. I saw him two games before that, we have a lot of contact.
When I was going to Madrid for the loan, I spoke to him in person. I went to his house and we spoke very well. We keep in contact as good as we can.
[He doesn’t have the same relationship, naturally, with Louis van Gaal who let him leave the club] Of course it’s disappointing when any person in the world doesn’t give you 100% confidence. But I say thank you to him now because he was very honest
2018 01 06 Retrieve
[Javier Hernandez sets his sights on winning the World Cup in Russia] We are not only aiming for the quarter-finals. We don’t want to set a limit on our ambitions. We want to aim as high as we can because we know we have the potential. Every team in the World Cup has a chance and we want to do our best ever, to get to the final and even win the World Cup
2019 06 25 Retrieve
[Javier Hernandez says he will be allowed to leave West Ham this summer] I have an agent in Mexico, He is the one more involved. He is Spanish so has more connections here. He’s searching for a club, if we can move. If not I will stay with West Ham easy, happy. I have one year left, but West Ham and I have decided it would just be easier to go
2019 07 20 Retrieve
[Chicharito reveals reason for West Ham number change which ends exit talk] I changed my number because I wanted to change it! There was a possibility to change the number and there were two numbers available – nine and seven – and [Andriy] Yarmolenko told me he really wanted seven, which was the number I wore in Leverkusen and I said ‘Yes, don’t worry, I’ll take number nine
When I was in Mexico, I wouldn’t have known the number 14 was going to be as big in my career as it was, because as a striker you normally play with those numbers
I played in all my World Cups and for my other clubs [Manchester United and Real Madrid] in the number 14 and I changed my number for the first time in my whole career when I signed for Leverkusen
Then, when I signed here, the 17 was available and I took it. Now another number is so I took the number nine
People are going to take any interpretation they want but, for me, it is the player who makes the player always, and not the number who makes the player.
2019 09 02 Retrieve
[Chicharito shows European ambitions with Sevilla move] I have no doubts, only positive thoughts. I was speaking about it with my agent, about how it is a great opportunity. I know the responsibility that is required and I am excited. I am here to work hard and show the best version of myself on both a professional and personal level. I expect nothing less of myself, and neither do they
[He’s been linked with Orlando City and the Chicago Fire, but few MLS owners wouldn’t splash the cash if Chicharito were on offer] I saw something on social media saying that Chicharito would cost $3 million a year. Guess what. If Chicharito was $3 million a year, FC Dallas is ready and prepared. I can just tell you that. The reality is, when I broke it out for somebody, it was - with the transfer (fee) - about a $60 million deal. You’ve got to think about that from a business standpoint
2019 09 07 Retrieve
[Chicharito may be known for his play in the box, but he often gets involved in the build-up play as well. His chemistry with both Javier Corona and with Hector Moreno has been the formula behind an absurd number of goals for Mexico in the last four years] The good thing is I was able to get on the scoreboard in my return to the national team. The team was good. I’m happy after so many months. We had chances, we played well and I was able to represent my country once again
2019 09 19 Retrieve
[Chicharito scores first Sevilla goal with stunning free kick] We’re really happy for the game. Honestly, it was a golazo - and beyond me scoring it, it was really important at that time of the game when we weren’t as crisp. I think Qarabag also was pushing with their fans behind them. If this goal hadn’t come it would’ve been tougher. We were able to get two more goals and get the result we wanted
Like I’ve said since I got here, I have a lot of hunger, a lot of desire to respond to everything on the field. Hopefully there will be more positive occasions than negative ones. We know we’re all going to make mistakes or have bad performances but hopefully they don’t happen often and the team can keep growing
2019 10 29 Retrieve
[Chicharito happy to give Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui selection headache] Since I was a child, my father and my coaches have told me that the most important chance is the next one. Therefore I kept on trying to find the back of the net. What was going through my head was that we were having a hard time opening the scoring. Getafe are a very tough side and the game was just as tough. I’m really happy the goal came when it did, and that we sealed the win with a great goal by Ocampos. In most games we have shown how solid we are. At the minute, we are defensively sound as, once more, we kept another clean sheet - and this time we were able to score twice on top of that. Everything is coming together very nicely. We are improving and we hope to continue in this manner
[Speaking on the competition for places] When I scored in Europe for the first time I knew that people were going to be looking for a debate. However, Luuk de Jong is happy and so am I. Everything we do is for the team, and to give the manager this type of headache is a good thing. Every team would love to have all their striker firing on all cylinders
2019 12 02 Retrieve
[When asked if he would consider undertaking a new challenge in the United States at some point] Yes. Definitely. Look, I am always thinking about my future. I want to be as open as I can to any opportunity. MLS is a league that is improving. It is an opportunity. Every league is an opportunity
2019 12 05 Retrieve
[Why is Javier Hernandez called Chicharito? Mexico soccer star’s nickname explained by Hernandez Sr] I asked for permission to go to the World Cup, and they didn’t allow me. I had to think about it for two days with my family and kids and I made the decision to quit because I want to go to the World Cup and see my kid play. Work is secondary
It was difficult, but in the end one is not eternal. Institutions remain for lives and one doesn’t. Moments from your life is what makes you take that decision. I understand the institution and that no one is above it, but one is also just here in passing
2020 01 13 Retrieve
[Back in November Javier Hernandez declares himself open to an MLS switch before the end of his career] I want to be as open as I can to any opportunity, and then when I need to decide something in the future, those decisions, I will think about them and try to get the best one. MLS is a league that is improving. It is an opportunity. Every league is an opportunity
2020 01 21 Retrieve
[Why Chicharito is heading to MLS] MLS is getting very close. I think our country doesn’t want to admit that MLS is getting very close. I’ve been out 10 years now, out of playing in Liga MX, and this is going to be my first time playing in MLS so I cannot tell you what exactly is the way, but the way I see it from the outside, the explosion of MLS all over the world is not the same as Liga MX. I know it because my teammates, the coaches I have played for, they have more knowledge about MLS than Liga MX. Both leagues are improving, but MLS is improving in bigger steps. Speaking about Liga MX, they don’t want to notice that. They don’t want to learn some things that MLS are doing good. I think one of the reasons MLS is growing so good is because they are learning from Liga MX and other leagues to dream big and try and make this league as big as they can
I come to the United States to play for the best club in the country. It’s a very attractive league and it has grown a ton even if others don’t want to accept it. Bigger than people say. I’m not here to retire or enjoy myself. The rumors are wrong
2020 01 21b Retrieve
[Chicharito says time was right for MLS move with LA Galaxy] Like when people describe me playing. You know, that he’s always in the right place at the right time. The last two years, the managers decided on giving confidence to other players rather than me. And now, the LA Galaxy, the manager of the club and the league, are telling me, ‘Look, Javier, we want to give you all the trust, all the confidence to help us,’ and that’s why I’m taking this opportunity. I’m going to be able to play in front of a lot of Mexican fans, Galaxy fans, American fans. That’s what’s great about football. They give you a lot of opportunities
Right now, my mind is completely on the LA Galaxy. I’m going to be playing. That’s what I want in my life. People are going to say it was because I couldn’t make it [in Europe], but sometimes in football there are things that are not in your hands. Jonathan told me the league is very underrated. I really believe you don’t go there to retire
[Vela recently jokes that however many goals Hernandez was planning on scoring, he would score one more] It doesn’t matter if he scores or doesn’t score. LA Galaxy is the biggest [club] and will win more championships than them, definitely
2020 01 23 Retrieve
[Chicharito tears a reminder athletes are human, not an indictment on MLS] It’s the start of the process of retiring, you know
[His dad, a former player himself who played for El Tri at the 1986 World Cup, tries to talk him down, but the younger Hernandez insists] No, no, Dad, but what I want…I’m saying goodbye - and we’re saying goodbye - to a career in which we worked a lot and I know you guys feel it as well and we’re going to see the positive side and it’s going to be amazing. But if we want it or not, we’re now retiring from the European dream
We’ll see how long it’s going to be. Hopefully the beginning is going to last so long and I will retire at 40 in Australia, I’m just saying that as an example because if I mention Mexico now, again, all the drama, so I mention another thing
2020 01 23b Retrieve
[As much as we might not like it, life is more than soccer. We may need to listen closely to words from elder Hernandez] Let me explain something. When you’re young, you look for the achievements, the trophies, always trying to be on top. Soccer is like that. You can’t be have this same line the entire way. We have high and low points in our soccer career, but right now, son, you’re in a beautiful stage of your life
2020 01 24 Retrieve
[Javier Hernandez has stressed he could still play for several more years, despite recent retirement comments] It’s so simple. I think all over the world, but [especially] in my country we love and we are like obsessed with drama and excess. And so when you say ‘retirement’ it’s like ‘oh, tomorrow he’s going to announce retirement’. They didn’t really listen too to what I said, ‘the beginning of the retirement.’ The retirement could last 10 years, you never know. Hopefully the beginning is going to last so long and I will retire at 40 in Australia […] I signed for three years plus an additional one, hopefully there are four years and each year brings a title
[Hernandez arrives in LA on the back of a disappointing stint in La Liga with Sevilla] To go from doubting whether to retire at Chivas, to playing at Manchester United within a year and a half. To go through the retirement of Alex Ferguson, who most of humanity, and myself, thought would never retire from Manchester United. He retired when I was there. And I scored the last goal of his era. There were people who didn’t play me and let me express myself as I would’ve liked, but it’s part of football. I come back [to North America] as a Mexican football legend, as much as some may be bothered by that. I’ve been playing in this country since I was 16 years old. I’ve won a lot of games here, and I’ve been treated with a lot of value and respect. I want that, and it’s coming from the best club in the USA. They came to get me, and that speaks of what they think of me
2020 01 24b Retrieve
[Chicharito in tears as he embraces LA Galaxy opportunity] I wanted to speak to you because the thing is about to get done. It’s almost certain that I’m going to LA [Galaxy]. It’s okay, everything is perfect, it’s only that, well, it’s like the beginning of my retirement, you know? We’re saying goodbye to a career that we put a lot of effort into. I know you guys feel it too and we’re going to look at the bright side and it’s going to be amazing. But whether we like it or not, we are retiring from the European dream, which is fine, but I wanted to call you.
It’s hard, but I’m happy, it’s what I want. It’s part of leaving [one] life and starting to look for the life that I want. And there’s other stuff that I’m not willing to [give up] just to compete. But it was 10 years, that’s what making me nostalgic and cry. It’s not that I can’t do it, it’s just saying goodbye to this beautiful experience and to a part of me that’s no longer going to be there. Also, this is another dream, it’s different, of course, but it isn’t easy. But we’re going to be closer, I’m going to see you guys a lot more
[Chicharito insists reason behind his move to the MLS was in search of more playing time] Why not take this opportunity? From my point of view it’s a win, win, win. I’m going to be on the pitch most of the time if I keep working hard for the club, for the team and I’m going to be doing what I’ve been loving since I was in the belly of my mother
2020 01 25 Retrieve
[Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez speaks about Carlos Vela and his new rivals LAFC, after completing his move to the LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer] It doesn’t matter if he scores or doesn’t score. L.A. Galaxy is the biggest [club] and will win more championships than them, definitely
2020 04 07 Retrieve
[Chicharito reflects on ‘bittersweet’ Man Utd spell] [When you join a club like United] it is difficult to find a balance between enjoying it, not getting obsessed over wanting more and thinking that you have already done everything. It is like bittersweet. It was all amazing and then on the plane I asked myself: And now what?
[Hernandez is determined to prove his worth in America] You never know [if I could move back]. I don’t know. It’s difficult, but why not? I’m a person who is assured when I make decisions. I can change my mind, everyone can, but I’m sure of the project that I’ve chosen [at Galaxy]
2020 04 19 Retrieve
[LA Galaxy’s Javier Hernandez explains ‘retirement’ comments after first practice] It’s so simple. I think all over the world, but [especially] in my country we love and we are like obsessed with drama and excess.
And so when you say ‘retirement’ it’s like ‘oh, tomorrow he’s going to announce retirement. They didn’t really listen to what I said, ‘the beginning of the retirement.’ The retirement could last 10 years, you never know.
I did everything that I could. There were people who didn’t play me and let me express myself as I would’ve liked, but it’s part of football. I come back as a Mexican football legend, as much as some may be bothered by that
To go from doubting whether to retire at Chivas, to playing at Manchester United within a year and a half. To go through the retirement of Alex Ferguson, who most of humanity, and myself, thought would never retire from Manchester United. He retired when I was there. And I scored the last goal of his era.
How do I imagine it [at Galaxy]? I signed for three years plus an additional one, hopefully there are four years and each year brings a title
I’ve been playing in this country since I was 16 years old. I’ve won a lot of games here, and I’ve been treated with a lot of value and respect. I want that, and it’s coming from the best club in the USA. They came to get me, and that speaks of what they think of me
[Hernandez is well aware of the five-time MLS champions’ history of landing world-class players, reeling off his own list of favorites] Robbie Keane. Steven Gerrard. Giovani Dos Santos. Jonathan Dos Santos. Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Landon Donovan. David Beckham, that’s the most iconic one, obviously. And then my name is over those. I’m just so blessed and so humble that I can be a part of all this
2020 05 30 Retrieve
[Chicharito says Scot not humble enough to succeed Ferguson] To be honest, I’m always going to be a red. We didn’t ever have anything personal - Moyes and myself - but it was a mistake that they took him. It was a mistake. It was the first mistake but it’s still haunting them now. Not because of him, he was not a bad manager, but they thought they were going to take the replacement of the boss, of Sir Alex, so quick. It’s impossible. Not even now, even with [Pep] Guardiola, [Jose] Mourinho and [Jurgen] Klopp, they are not on the same level as the boss even now. They are on the way of trying to get there, to be those kind of managers and they could get there. But that changed careers that could have been better. Rafael, myself, Danny Welbeck, and a lot of players who needed to go away to play. They brought in David Moyes and I’m not going to question whether he was a good coach, a bad coach but I don’t understand how it is possible - what’s the word, not humble - but to be at least half of what you are succeeding. He was the greatest of all time.
I even went to speak to Sir Alex because he knew I was down. He knew I was going to be sold, not loaned to Real Madrid, and we spoke about it and he told me the things I was thinking … ‘this is Real Madrid, man … ‘ And for a Mexican guy. My career lasted for years and my career at Real Madrid lasted one year. They had [Ruud] van Nistelrooy, [David] Beckham, Michael Owen. I’d played for Manchester United and then Real Madrid. It was incredible. It’s still difficult to believe. I can accept being a substitute at Man Utd. Sir Alex told me that one of his regrets was not to play me more and he told me he was going to speak to Moyes to tell him I needed to play more. He said I was an important figure for Man Utd, I deserved more game time and then David Moyes and (executive vice-chairman) Ed Woodward did not do both. They did not play me and they did not let me go. In the winter, there was another opportunity for me to go but he did not let me go because he was so stubborn and that’s why he only lasted seven months because he was not humble, he could not grow to be United.