Javier Hernandez has scored his first Real Madrid goal at the Santiago Bernabeu since joining the La Liga giants from Manchester United last summer on a season-long loan deal.
The Mexico international was one of the biggest shock transfers of the summer, exchanging United for Los Blancos on a loan deal after failing to establish himself in Louis van Gaal’s plans.
The former Guadalajara idol has ability in abundance, but joining Madrid was always going to be questionable due to the likelihood of spending most games on the substitutes’ bench.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale have long been Carlo Ancelotti’s forward trio, whereas fellow stars Isco, James Rodriguez and Jese Rodriguez can all play up front.
Hernandez, commonly known as Chicharito, was however handed his second La Liga start of the campaign against Eibar due to Benzema being rested, and he certainly made the most of the opportunity.
After Ronaldo had given the hosts a 1-0 lead, the United man notched his first Madrid goal since October, and his first at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, glancing in a header following an Alvaro Arbeloa cross.
Jese Rodriguez finished the scoring in the second half to record a 3-0 win for the hosts, but the day ultimately belonged to Chicharito as he succeeded Mexican legend Hugo Sanchez in realising his dream.
With the striker all-but set to end his affiliation with both Madrid and Manchester at the end of the season, his future is very much undecided and a return to La Liga with another club may be possible.