The pain of limping off injured, mixed with the joy of scoring the winner for Real Madrid, was clear for all to see from the Mexican.
Fate can often bring both joy and pain.For Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez on Wednesday night in the Champions League, both were on display, in a game he always seemed destined to be a key figure.
With Real Madrid still deadlocked against city rivals Atletico Madrid, the 26-year-old Mexican had spurned good chances already, but when another came his way in the 88th minute, he didn't waste it.
The Bernabeu erupted, Chicharito wheeled away in celebration. He'd just scored arguably the most important goal of his career, at the most crucial of times, and in typically predatory fashion.
Moments later, having tweaked a hamstring, Chicharito was forced to limp off the pitch, but was accompanied by an ovation from the crowd. Real Madrid fans letting him know, just how important his contribution was for them.
Unable to contain his emotions as he took to the bench, the tears poured as he hugged team-mate and goalkeeper, Keylor Navas.
The following video from Spanish Champions League broadcaster, Canal Plus, shows how Chicharito released his emotions.
The simple message of the broadcaster: "Chicharito, a hero who is human. Sincere tears that at last, have their reward."
It's hard to imagine the maelstrom of emotions that must have been going through the mind of the Mexican striker.
Joy, pain, release, satisfaction, pride... Those and more, for a player who thoroughly deserves to enjoy one of the most important moments of his career.