Javier Hernandez might be a hero at Manchester United for his goalscoring exploits, but in his native Mexico the striker is loved by police for a very different reason - helping to fight crime, reports the London Metro.
According to Mexico City police chief Jorge Carlos Martinez, reported incidents drop when Chicharito is playing, helping to crack down on the number of people murdered by drug gangs in the North American country, which can reach figures of up to 15,000 every year.
Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson has praised the contribution of Hernandez, who has already chipped in with nine goals in 17 appearances for the Old Trafford club this season, adding to his cult status back in his homeland.
And, it's not only his impressive form that is delighting residents in the Mexican capital, with the decline in crime rates also playing a significant part in his growing reputation.
"Crimes like car-jacking, muggings and robberies go down," Martinez explained. "It seems even the criminals want to take time off to see our hero play."
But, while one third of the country's emergency services are putting their feet up when the Manchester United goal-machine is playing, local hospitals are busier than ever with more pregnant women going into labour when Hernandez is on the pitch, because they are - it is claimed - excited at the prospect of the 24-year-old scoring.
"Also the birth rates go up," the police chief confirmed.
With the busy Christmas schedule just around the corner, Hernandez can expect more playing time as Ferguson rotates his potent strike force which includes Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, and Danny Welbeck, providing 'Little Pea' with an opportunity to continue his crime busting exploits.
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