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Tearful Chicharito becomes ambassador, while Ronaldo destroys Chivas

July 23, 2011

My round up of the week’s football news in Guadalajara:

‘Little Pea’ in tears as he is named ambassador for tourism

Former Chivas soccer star Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez welled up as he was named an official ambassador for Jalisco in a ceremony at the Guadalajara Chamber of Commerce on Thursday.

Describing the young footballer as “a person that with hard work and effort has converted himself into a national icon,” Jalisco Governor Emilio Gonzalez Marquez confirmed that “Hernandez will be a proud international representative of Jalisco.”

“Thank God I’m a footballer and I don’t have to do this kind of thing every day. I’m very nervous and excited,” said the Guadalajara native, visibly moved at the recognition.

At the age of just 23, Hernandez is already one of Mexico’s most famous exports. The former Chivas striker left Guadalajara last summer to sign for Manchester United, where he has made an indelible impact, adapting to the English game far quicker than anyone could have hoped and scoring 20 goals in his debut season.

In a sport that is not renowned for its positive role models, Hernandez has been widely praised for for his humility and work ethic.

Back in Guadalajara during the pre-season break, he announced, with tears in his eyes, “I have so many things I would like to say, words of gratitude to my family who are here and those who are not here. I want to offer an apology to my family for possibly not being 100 percent as a son, a brother, a nephew, a grandson, or a boyfriend. I was a little selfish in fighting for my dreams, but I hope you are proud of me for everything I have done, because without you I would never have accomplished anything.”

Ronaldo proves too deadly for Chivas

Local soccer team Guadalajara Chivas were humbled by Portugese goal machine Cristiano Ronaldo when they took on Real Madrid in a friendly in San Diego on Wednesday night.

Billed as a clash of the titans, the match pitted Mexico’s most popular team against the world’s most successful domestic club.

Madrid fielded a strong side, including the likes of Kaka, Karim Benzema and Mesut Ozil, yet Chivas held their own for most of the tie and the game was still level with just 15 minutes remaining.

But then Ronaldo struck. The Portugese forward netted three times in just ten minutes, outdoing his former Manchester United team mate Wayne Rooney, who had completed a 20-minute hat-trick earlier that evening in the 7-0 demolition of Seattle Sounders.

Chivas must now pick themselves up for the first game of the new season. They face Atlante away from home on Saturday, July 23. Kick off is at 9 p.m.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 24, 2014 17:11

    I agree with this story.
    I support Chicharito
    I’m an Man UTD fan,I love Chicharito
    Thank you for information sharing

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