Arsenal legend Thierry Henry tore into Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez after the Mexico international celebrated wildly following his winning goal for loan club Real Madrid on Wednesday night.
The retired French striker, who signed a multi-million pound deal to become a Sky Sports pundit earlier this season, was unimpressed that Hernandez failed to thank Cristiano Ronaldo for his all-important assist.
Hernandez scored with a tap-in, which sent Real through to the Champions League semi-finals at the expense of local rivals Atletico Madrid, and subsequently wheeled away in euphoric celebration without initially acknowledging his superstar teammate.
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And this lack of recognition, it's safe to say, did not impress the watching Henry.
“That’s Ronaldo’s goal,” the ex-Gunners star sniped after the match on Sky Sports. "At that particular moment he couldn’t shoot, so he didn’t take the risk of doing something stupid and silly with it.
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“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.”
Henry: Ronaldo deserved credit for goal
Ronaldo, perhaps unsurprisingly, attempted to steal the limelight with his own wild celebration moments after Hernandez had scored the crucial winner. But Henry, who was similar to Ronaldo in certain ways during his illustrious playing career, refused to criticise the three-time Ballon d'Or winner.
“It’s a tap-in,” Henry added on Hernandez's goal. “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.”
Huge night for Hernandez - he deserved to celebrate
Hernandez's actions can be justified by the fact he has endured an immensely frustrating two seasons and this was arguably one of the biggest matches - if not the biggest - of his entire professional career.
The 26-year-old, who was deemed surplus to requirements by United boss Louis van Gaal last summer following a disappointing campaign under David Moyes at Old Trafford, has only made a handful of starts for Los Blancos but was handed a rare opportunity to impress on Tuesday night following a string on untimely injuries.
Hernandez missed several decent opportunities to score against Atletico but was rewarded for his endeavour on the 88th minute, when Ronaldo cut the ball back for the Mexican to tap home.
Sadly, despite this week's heroics, Hernandez is unlikely to earn a permanent deal with Real Madrid - while Manchester United will attempt to find a buyer for the ex-Chivas Guadalajara striker, whose contract expires next year, in the summer.
Was Thierry Henry right to criticise Javier Hernandez - or was he a bit out of order? Have your say in the comments below!
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