Javier Hernandez was probably giddy with excitement at half-time of the Super Bowl last month.
The Bayer Leverkusen striker placed a bet with ESPN presenter Sergio Dipp on the Atlanta Falcons to beat the New England Patriots, and, as Lady Gaga performed her half-time show, the Falcons had a 21-3 lead.
Hernandez was probably preparing to collect his winnings midway through the fourth and final quarter. The Falcons led 28-12 and the Patriots needed a miracle to stand any chance of coming back.
And a miracle is what they delivered. The Tom Brady-led Patriots scored two touchdowns and converted both two-point attempts to take the game to overtime, before sealing the win with a faultless drive that took under four minutes.
It’s already being spoken about as the greatest comeback in American football history - although Hernandez probably hated every one of the final 15 minutes.
To his credit, the former Manchester United ace has paid up - by having all of his hair shaved off.
Chicharito uploaded a video of himself on Instagram showing off his new look. It’s not like Willian going from an afro to braids, but it still looks very, very different. Check it out below.
Video: Javier Hernandez shows off his new look
Hernandez posted a song lyric underneath the video which translates to “people from Jalisco don’t back down”.
And Hernandez will be devastated that the Patriots didn’t back down in the Super Bowl, either.
Hernandez's inconsistent season
The 28-year-old has had an inconsistent season for Bayer Leverkusen, scoring 12 goals in 31 appearances but finding his goals in bunches.
Hernandez scored six goals in an impressive five-game stretch in September and October, and recently scored five goals in three matches, but he went 15 games without bagging between October and late January and is currently on a four-game goal drought.
Maybe his new look can inspire a good run of form.
No Premier League regrets
The Mexican international struggled to hold down a regular starting spot during his six years at Old Trafford and left for the Bundesliga in 2015.
Many, including Rio Ferdinand, believe Hernandez could still do a job for a Premier League team, but Chicharito insists he has nothing to prove in England.
"When I left I had the fourth [best] record in history of minutes and goals in the Premier League,” Hernandez said in November, via ESPN FC. “That's what I had at United.
"I also left a lot of good friends and memories in the Premier League. In all parts of life things can be better or worse but I enjoyed it a lot.
"I got a lot of experience and now I am at one of the best teams in Germany. I am doing my best, enjoying the best thing I love in my life, which is football, so I am very glad and very happy.''
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