Javier “Chicharito” Hernández is on the verge of doing the unthinkable against BATE Borisov later this afternoon: surpassing a record set by Mexico’s greatest ever futbolista, Hugo Sánchez. What a day to be alive.
Between February and March of 1990, Hugo Sánchez scored in eight consecutive games across two competitions (La Liga and the Copa del Rey) for Real Madrid. Let’s start our day by reliving that glory for a moment:
After netting a brace in Bayer Leverkusen’s 3-1 victory at Eintracht Frankfurt over the weekend (the first doblete ever scored by a Mexican player in the German top flight), Chicharito reached 10 goals in seven consecutive competitive matches. That’s one short of Sánchez’s record for consecutive-game scoring, and surpasses his previous best of finding the net in six competitive games in Europe. CHICHARITO IS SO CLOSE! His victims span across the Bundesliga, DFB Pokal and UEFA Champions League: Roma, VfB Stuttgart, Viktoria Köln, VfL Wolfsburg, Roma again, FC Koln, and Eintracht Frankfurt.
Our guy has been sensational. Out of this world. Where did this explosive offensive output come from? I don’t know, but I love it. Good things happen to good people, and Chicharito is the best.
Did I mention that he scored his most recent brace less than 48 hours after returning from Honduras on international duty with El Tri? Yeah. Pretty good for a guy who was running on a couple hours of sleep.
Chicharito now has six Bundesliga goals, and that tally has already broken a record: Pavel Pardo’s four goals in 71 domestic league games for VfB Stuttgart between summer 2006 and 2008, the previous best by any Mexican star playing club ball in Germany. As it stands, Chicharo has 12 goals in 15 on the season. Simply superb.
The best part of Chicharito being on the brink of breaking this record is that it looks like he’s truly enjoying playing fútbol with Leverkusen right now. After difficult stints with Manchester United and Real Madrid, he’s earned this (his sweet gift to that six-year-old Honduras fan and his adorable bromance with De Gea doesn’t hurt his appeal).
All eyes will be on Chicharito today. He has our hearts, too.