Chicharito's Praise for Ronaldo's Impact at Real Madrid
In a candid revelation, former Mexican striker Javier Hernandez, fondly known as 'Chicharito,' has shed light on his time alongside Cristiano Ronaldo during the 2014-15 season at Real Madrid. This was a period marked by Ronaldo's astonishing prowess on the field and an incredible 61-goal performance.
Chicharito, who currently plays for LA Galaxy in the MLS, was loaned to Real Madrid from Manchester United during that season, and he and Ronaldo formed a formidable partnership in the forward line. Chicharito managed to score nine goals, but his accomplishments were somewhat overshadowed by Ronaldo's extraordinary tally.
Recalling his experience in an interview with Paramount+, Chicharito divided his Real Madrid journey into two parts. The first six months were challenging, with limited playing time due to injuries. However, in the second part, things took an extraordinary turn.
Chicharito was effusive in his praise for Cristiano Ronaldo, emphasizing his phenomenal impact on and off the field. He highlighted Ronaldo's competitiveness and strong personality, while also dispelling the notion that the Portuguese star was a difficult character to work with.
According to Chicharito, Cristiano Ronaldo's presence in the locker room and his unwavering dedication to his craft were awe-inspiring. He went on to express that it's rare to find someone who would label Ronaldo as complicated or hard to deal with. In the world of football, Ronaldo's personality and competitive spirit are defining traits that are cherished by his teammates.
During his nine seasons at Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo left an indelible mark, scoring a staggering 450 goals in 438 matches and winning the Champions League four times. After a stint with Juventus, Ronaldo made a highly anticipated return to Manchester United but encountered some turbulence. His disagreement with manager Erik ten Hag led to his departure from the club.
Following his departure, Ronaldo joined Al-Nassr in Saudi Arabia, where he continued his goal-scoring exploits with 15 goals in 14 matches.
Meanwhile, Chicharito is in his fourth season with LA Galaxy and awaits word on the renewal of his contract.
In retrospect, Chicharito's insights provide a fascinating glimpse into the world of football, highlighting the enduring impact of iconic players like Cristiano Ronaldo.
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Published: 04:10 EDT, 29 September 2023 | Updated: 06:41 EDT, 29 September 2023