Here’s How Chicharito Silenced His Haters

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It’s been a rough 2015 for Javier Hernandez. After a surprising move from Manchester United to Spanish fútbol giants Real Madrid, Hernandez spent the last four months mostly riding the bench. But Chicharito’s game-winning goal during Real’s Champions League match versus bitter rivals Atlético Madrid gave him a taste of redemption.

Before his game-winning goal, the “Little Pea” was the butt of joke after joke on social media.

Chicharito’s new girlfriend became a bigger story than his performances for Real:

With Real Madrid beset by injuries, Chicharito was given a starting spot in an important match – the second leg of the Champions League semifinal versus Atlético Madrid. Would Chicharito prove the doubters wrong?

The Pressure Was On

When Chicharito Was Announced as a Starter, Doubters Were Out in Force

But So Were the Believers

During the Match, Chicharito Was Taking a Beating

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And Had Some Chances to Score

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But It Looked Like It Wasn’t Going to Be His Day

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Until the Dying Moments of the Match

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In the 87th minute, Chicharito put Real Madrid up 1-0.

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That celebration is equal parts joy and relief.

Some Fans Instantly Changed Their Minds

While the Bernabeu Stadium Erupted in a Chicharito Chant

As He Rested on the Bench, Chicharito Was Emotional

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He finally got to play, helped his team win and he quieted his haters. Not bad for a day’s work.

The Chicharito “Hero” Memes Were Unleashed

Even Chicharito’s Former Teammates Congratulated Him

And Although Chicharito Remained Humble in his Comments to the Media, He Was Probably Thinking:

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