Javier Hernandez scored in Real Madrid’s Champion’s League match against Athletic Madrid and Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry was less than impressed with both the goal and the celebration.
After scoring what the ex-Arsenal forward and Sky Sports pundit described as just a ‘tap in‘, Henry went on to lambaste Hernandez, who is on loan from Manchester United at Real Madrid, for not celebrating with teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.
The star striker, Ronaldo, set up the goal superbly, putting it on a plate for Hernandez who merely had to slot it into the net to get the winning goal for his team. The player than whirled around to celebrate by himself, rather than with the Ballon d’Or winner who’s made the goal.
“That’s Ronaldo’s goal,” Henry 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 continued, “It’s a tap-in. Turn around and celebrate with Ronaldo. Even the camera knew – the camera is on Ronaldo for a reason.”
As a player who was renowned for scoring goals himself, it’s great that the Frenchman would encourage crediting the player who made the goal happen, if a little harsh on the Mexican, who’d just put his team through to the semi-finals of the Champion’s League.
“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.”