At club level, things aren't perhaps going the way Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez would want them to in European football, following his effective ostracism from Manchester United and subsequent loan move to Spanish giants Real Madrid.
With his Mexican national team, however, Chicharito proved this weekend that he's still got a keen eye for goal, scoring an absolute peach in the friendly against Ecuador in Los Angeles.
The significance of his strike is also important, as Chicharito scored his 39th goal for Mexico, surpassing legendary Cuauhtémoc Blanco's 38 mark and edging himself ever closer to the historic leading Tricolor marksman, Jared Borgetti, whose record stands at 46 goals.
The level of adoration Chicharito enjoys with his national team and amongst Mexican fans, is something of a far cry from his experiences over the last two years, both with Manchester United and Real Madrid.
During an up close and personal interview with Fox Sports journalist André Marín, the 26-year-old admitted: "I've cried; I've been through everything. The feeling I have most of all over the last couple of years is one of frustration."
Chicharito continued, explaining: "You feel frustrated when you're part of a team, you do everything you can in training, collaborating and helping, then at the weekend the opportunities to play are minimal.
"So, if you can't help for good or for bad, in the most important," he added frankly with regards to getting minutes, "Then sometimes my confidence is rock-bottom, even though I try to keep it sky-high, with the help of the people around me, who are always supportive."
Using his experiences with the Mexican national team, with whom he remains in fine scoring form and an important figure, Chicharito underlined: "The most important thing is to get opportunities to play, and feel confident about myself. When others have shown their confidence in me, the numbers have been positive, but the last two years have been a bit frustrating. I just need people to be confident in me, so at least I can show them whether I can help, or not."
During his time with Real Madrid this season, Chicharito has spent most of his time warming the bench. Over the course of 12 appearances and just one start in La Liga, he's scored three goals in the 217 minutes he's played. That's an average of over one goal per 90 minutes he's been afforded the opportunity to grace the pitch.
It's looking highly unlikely that Real Madrid will exercise their option to make his move permanent, therefore the Mexican marksman will be heading back to Old Trafford and Manchester United. Whether he'll get opportunities to prove his hunger for games and goals next season, remains to be seen.