Mexican international Javier Hernandez topped off a positive start to life in the Spanish capital by winning September’s Goal of the Month award.
The Manchester United striker followed in the footsteps of Mexican legend Hugo Sanchez by signing for Real Madrid on a one-year loan deal in the summer transfer window.
Out of favour at the Red Devils, his initial move to Madrid was questioned by a number of observers who predicted a struggle for game time amongst Carlo Ancelotti’s expensively assembled squad.
Hernandez – nicknamed Chicharito – has predictably started the majority of Los Merengues’ games on the bench behind regular striker Karim Benzema.
Coming off the bench in the 8-2 thrashing of Deportivo La Coruna last month, however, the 26-year-old staked his claim for a more significant role by grabbing an impressive brace.
His first of his two goals that evening, a thunderous left-footed volley, was the sort of wonder shots you would normally associate with superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, yet it was the Mexican who stole the limelight at the Estadio Riazor.
Two weeks on, and Chicharito’s sublime goal has got its just rewards as Spanish publication Marca have announced that it is La Liga’s goal of the month for September.
The United loanee will be hoping for repeat joy over the next nine months as he bids to compensate for a rather disappointing past 18 months at Old Trafford.