Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez dominated the Mexican front pages on transfer deadline day as he followed in the footsteps of legend Hugo Sanchez in moving to Real Madrid.
The Manchester United striker found himself out of favour with the Red Devils and was linked with an Old Trafford exit throughout the summer.
Madrid, however, ultimately showed up late in the day and acquired his services for a year – much to the disbelief of a number of football fans worldwide.
Hugo Sanchez, a Madrid and Mexican footballing legend, shared similar feelings as he labelled the deal a ‘panic move’ on Madrid’s behalf, although he was eager to congratulate his fellow compatriot on achieving his dream.
"With Javier going on loan with the option to buy - and arriving at the last moment as a panic buy - does not diminish the fact that another Mexican plays in a club so illustrious," he is quoted as saying by Europa Press.
"Not everyone has the opportunity to reach the best team of all time. Being named the best club of the 20th century speaks volumes about what is the greatness of Merengue. I am convinced that all players in the world want to play for Real Madrid, but not all are granted that dream.”
Chicharito is likely to play back-up to regular striker Karim Benzema at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Madrid have made a mediocre start to their La Liga campaign, suffering a 4-2 loss at Real Sociedad in their last match before the international break, and have been criticised for a lack of coherence.