West Ham’s Mexican striker Javier Hernandez has scored his 50th career Premier League goal with his equaliser against in a match against relegation threatened Fulham on Friday. As a result, “Chicharito” became the first Mexican to reach the milestone when he scored the equaliser against the Cottagers. With Claudio Ranieri’s side leading 1-0 at the time, the Mexico international turned home from close range in the 29th minute after a scramble off a corner kick.
Replays showed that Hernandez got the final touch with his hand, but with no VAR in place in the Premier League until next season, the tally was allowed to stand. With the goal, Hernandez became the first Mexican to reach the 50-goal milestone in the Premier League – and the 106th player overall in the league’s history. Additionally, the 30-year-old has managed to score all 50 of his goals in the English top flight from inside the 18-yard box.
50 – Javier Hernandez has become the first Mexican player to score 50 Premier League goals; all 50 have been scored inside the box. Opportunist. #WHUFUL pic.twitter.com/4I8fIVwFPF
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 22, 2019
Hernandez joined Manchester United from Mexican side Chivas in 2010 and took to life well in England, scoring 37 league goals during his time at Old Trafford. At the Red Devils, Hernandez would be a part of Premier League title-winning sides in 2010-11 and 2012-13. The striker eventually moved on to Real Madrid on loan in 2014-15, before joining Bundesliga side Bayer Lekerkusen ahead of the following season.
After two prolific years in Germany, Hernandez returned to England with the Hammers in the summer of 2017. And following his goal on Friday, Hernandez has now scored 13 times in the league with West Ham to complete his career half-century. Hernández began his career in 2006, playing for Mexican club Guadalajara. In July 2010, he became the first Mexican player to join Manchester United, scoring 20 goals and winning the Premier League in his debut season. After falling out of favour under managers David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, he spent the 2014–15 season on loan at Real Madrid. In August 2015, Hernández signed for Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen. After two seasons in Germany, Hernández returned to the Premier League and joined West Ham United. His minutes-per-goal ratio is among the most prolific in the history of the Premier League.
A Mexican international, Hernández is the country’s all-time leading goalscorer. He made his debut for the national team in September 2009 in a friendly match against Colombia. He has represented Mexico at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the Copa América Centenario, the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He was the 2011 Gold Cup’s top scorer with seven goals and was named the most valuable player of the tournament.