Javier Hernández Balcázar is a Mexican footballer who plays as a forward for Manchester United, being the first Mexican to do so. Hernández is commonly known as Chicharito, meaning little pea, in reference to being the son of former footballer Javier Hernández Gutiérrez, who was nicknamed Chicharo (pea) because of his green eyes. Hernández was born in Guadalajara, which was also his first club. He made his début for the Mexico national football team in September 2009 and represented them at the 2010 FIFA World Cup scoring two goals. He helped Mexico win the Gold Cup in 2011 and was named top scorer and 'Player of the Tournament'.
Charles Samuel has written widely about Manchester United for broadsheets, websites and fanzines for over a decade.