Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez admits Cristiano Ronaldo is obsessed with scoring goals - but believes this is one of the reasons why his current Real Madrid teammate is the best player in the world.
Hernandez, who is on loan at the Bernabeu until the end of the season, is convinced Ronaldo’s relentless desire to be the best is what sets him apart from his peers.
And the Mexico international also defended the three-time Ballon d’Or winner after allegations he reacts badly when teammates fail to give him the ball, in reference to an incident on Wednesday night against Almeria when Ronaldo looked visibly perturbed after Alvaro Arbeloa got the all-important touch which resulted in the third goal.
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"Is Ronaldo obsessed with scoring? He’s not the best in the world for nothing," the Mexico international told Cadena Ser, according to Goal. "He doesn’t conform, he always wants more. And without that mentality, you can’t be the best.
"He does not get angry when you do not pass him the ball. Against Almeria I saw two white shirts in the box and it was Arbeloa who got the first touch."
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Hernandez's recent run of good form
Hernandez was involved in a separate incident with Ronaldo last month, when he ran off to celebrate his winning goal against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals but failed to acknowledge the Portuguese superstar, who provided the assist.
The Mexican was blasted by former Arsenal and Barcelona star Thierry Henry, who himself earned criticism for his surprise rant, with many siding with Hernandez over Ronaldo.
Hernandez has scored four goals in his previous five appearances, prompting speculation that Real Madrid will attempt to turn the 26-year-old’s loan deal into a permanent transfer.
The likelihood of this happening appeared practically non-existent prior to the Atletico Madrid match, but Hernandez has managed to showcase his credentials in recent weeks.
Hernandez should seek a move elsewhere
It’s understood that Real Madrid have asked Manchester United, who have no interest in retaining the services of Chicharito, for an extension over a exclusivity deadline which was due to expire this week.
But if Hernandez stays, he faces a third consecutive season of frustration. Karim Benzema is still the club’s first-choice centre-forward - not to mention the striker Ronaldo prefers to play alongside - and that will not change heading into next season, regardless of whether or not Carlo Ancelotti stays.
It’s in the striker’s best interests to find a club where he can play regular first-team football - and neither Real Madrid or Manchester United are the answer.
Where will Javier Hernandez be playing his football next season? Is Cristiano Ronaldo *too* obsessed with scoring goals? Have your say in the comments below!