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The LA Galaxy star admitted that his first year in MLS had an emotional impact due to a series of challenges not related to football.
Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernández admits he hit rock bottom during his first season with the LA Galaxy.
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star joined the club from Seville and was expected to be one of the biggest stars in MLS history.
But, amid a series of off-field problems, he struggled to adapt on the field, scoring just two goals in 12 appearances.
What did Chicharito have to say?
“I hit rock bottom,” he said. the LA Times. “I lived things that you normally live [in] five, 10 years, you know what I mean? It is not an excuse. It’s reality. And the reality is that I did not take responsibility. I couldn’t handle all of that. “
“When the end of the season came, I made a very deep criticism. About my life, about me. And I just decided that I can do much, much better. On the emotional and very spiritual side, when COVID arrived, it was like a perfect time to expose the things that I have not worked with.
“I took full responsibility for what is in my hands. My body, my mind, my emotions and I want to take them further, I don’t even want to say limits. Because for me that doesn’t exist. “
What went wrong with Chicharito?
Chicharito faced difficulties in 2020 that extended beyond the pandemic that affected everyone on the planet.
His grandfather, the Mexican icon Tomás Balcázar, died at the age of 88 in April, just when the criticism of Chicharito’s work was really beginning.
Due to the coronavirus, Chicharito was unable to travel home for his grandfather’s funeral.
“I experienced, for the first time, the death of someone very close to me,” he said. “It hit me in very different ways.”
As their struggles on the field unfolded in public, Hernandez’s wife, model Sarah Kohan, took the couple’s two young children, 20-month-old Noah and 4-month-old Nala, home to Australia.
“Of course I miss them,” Hernández said of his children. “I will love being with my children, obviously.”
He added, “I’m just human! Every famous person, it’s like signing an invisible contract with fame. Of course, it is a responsibility that you are going to assume. But that is not against being human.
“We are all human, you know?”
What’s next for Chicharito and the Galaxy?
With the MLS season scheduled to resume in April, Chicharito will enter a different situation for his second year with the Galaxy.
The club parted ways with manager Guillermo Barros Schelotto and turned to former Toronto FC manager Greg Vanney, a former Galaxy player and MLS Cup winner as head coach.
But perhaps the most important move of the offseason for the Galaxy could be the return of one of the club’s stars, as the club continues to pursue winger Cristian Pavón.
The Argentine was one of the few bright spots for the Galaxy, which finished 10th in the Western Conference last season, as Pavón has provided a total of 13 goals and 15 assists in 33 games for the club.
All those goals and assists came while Pavón was on loan from Boca Juniors, and the Galaxy are now looking to convince the club to sell for less than the $ 20 million fee originally agreed upon.
Still, the key for the club will be Chicharito’s performance, as the Galaxy will need the forward to really recover if they want to compete in 2021.