Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez celebration criticised by Thierry Henry
Thierry Henry has criticised Real Madrid striker Javier Hernandez for his celebration after scoring a last-gasp winner against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, saying on Sky Sports: "What I don't like is 'Chicharito' seems like he's won the World Cup with that."
Real advanced to the semifinals of the competition after the on-loan Manchester United man's goal at the Bernabeu, which secured a 1-0 aggregate victory.
Hernandez, who has struggled for opportunities under Carlo Ancelotti this season, had been presented with a relatively simple finish after good work from Cristiano Ronaldo, and former Arsenal and Barcelona striker Henry said the Mexico international's teammate deserved the credit.
"That's Ronaldo's goal," the Sky pundit said. "At that particular moment he couldn't shoot, so he didn't take the risk of doing something stupid and silly with it.
"He saw a guy in a better position, which 'Chicharito' was, and he gave him the ball. What I don't like is 'Chicharito' seems like he's won the World Cup with that."
He added: "It's a tap-in. Turn around and celebrate with Ronaldo. Even the camera knew -- the camera is on Ronaldo for a reason.
"I think the pressure went through him. He knew he had to perform today and he had a couple of chances to do it.
"If Ronaldo had done that I would have said the same thing. You have to pass the ball, but it's still a tap-in and you have to turn around and say thank you."
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Henry moved to explain the thinking behind his comments further on Thursday, using his official Twitter account.
Football is a team game. Yes CH14_ scored the all important goal but the work of @cristiano made it possible. It cannot be underestimated.- Thierry Henry (@ThierryHenry) April 23, 2015
I love it when players celebrate and acknowledge the player that made the assist. The pass can be just as important as the goal.- Thierry Henry (@ThierryHenry) April 23, 2015
Look at this video, you have one of the most unselfish players in the game showing the significance of the final ball http://t.co/GyKrBeudF6- Thierry Henry (@ThierryHenry) April 23, 2015
That is football. That is #michaellaudrup- Thierry Henry (@ThierryHenry) April 23, 2015
Hernandez had told Mexican television after the match that he dedicated the goal to his Madrid teammates.
"It fell to me to score, but this is for all the team and the people who trusted in me," he said.
Hernandez is not expected to remain at the Bernabeu beyond the end of the season, with sources telling ESPN FC that United could offer the Mexican to Southampton this summer.
"I don't know about his future there," Henry said. "To be fair to him he doesn't usually play. Tonight was his opportunity and we don't even know if he's going to play after that."