Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez has finally done it! The beloved striker has drawn level with Jared Borgetti at 46 goals for the Mexico national team, leaving him as El Tri’s joint career leading scorer.
In honor of his historic strike in the 2-0 victory over Costa Rica on Friday, we break down the numbers behind his record-leveling goals tally.
When it comes to World Cup qualifiers, Hernandez has been something of a good omen for the Mexico national team, which has gone 5-0-1 when he has scored. El Tri is undefeated in 12 straight games when the Bayer Leverkusen star finds the back of the net (10-0-2). To express this in even more emphatic terms, Mexico’s record across competitions is a whopping 27 wins, three losses and seven draws when “Chicharito” strikes.
Hernandez was the quickest Mexico international to reach the 20, 30 and 40-goal marks with his country, drawing level with Borgetti’s record in the exact same number of games (89). He reached 20 goals in two fewer games than Mexico legend Hugo Sanchez (27) and struck 30 times in 45 matches, surpassing Luis Hernandez (who completed the feat in 58).
“Chicharito” has made his presence felt against 29 different countries, scoring with the greatest frequency against El Salvador and Honduras at four apiece. He has scored two or more goals against 12 different countries, including CONCACAF rival Costa Rica (three).
Relatively speaking, he has struggled to find the back of the net in World Cup qualifying, striking just seven times in 23 matches for an average of .30 goals per game. His numbers in other competitions speak for themselves, including three goals in eight World Cup games and seven in six Gold Cup encounters.
Set “Chicharito” up in the air or on his right foot and a goal is a good bet. Of his 46 goals, 39 have been scored with his right foot/leg or with his head. His last strike scored another way? A left-footed shot in a 3-2 friendly victory against the Netherlands back in Nov. 2014.
Next up for “Chicharito” & Co. is a trip to Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday, March 28 (7 p.m. ET), where the visitors will look to add to their lead in this Hexagonal cycle.
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