The long-rumored deal is now official with the LA Galaxy announcing on Tuesday signing of Mexican legend Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez from Sevilla in La Liga.
The 31-year-old forward, Mexico’s all-time leading scorer, signed a Designated Player contract with the club. It ended a long courting process, which included Galaxy officials reportedly meeting with Hernandez last week. Although terms of the deal were not disclosed, Spanish put the negotiated transfer fee at around $10 million.
Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated was the first to report Hernandez’s signing last week.
“Javier has consistently scored goals in top leagues throughout the world and has been his country’s most successful player over the last decade,” LA Galaxy general manager Dennis te Kloese said in a statement. “He is a competitor who has proven success at the highest level and has scored the most goals ever of one of the best teams in Concacaf. We think he can be one of Major League Soccer’s best attacking threats and help our team in multiple ways. We are excited to bring Javier to Los Angeles and we look forward to him representing this city and our fans as a member of the LA Galaxy.”
Hernandez, who has scored more than 200 goals in over 400 appearances for club and country, has competed for Guadalajara, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, West Ham and Sevilla.
He is the like-for-like replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who left to rejoin AC Milan last month after scoring 52 goals in 56 regular season appearances with the Galaxy over the course of two seasons.
“The LA Galaxy continue to pursue top talent across the world that will improve our team,” LA Galaxy president Chris Klein said. “Javier is one of most successful players in our region and an iconic figure in this community. The LA Galaxy have represented Los Angeles and have been the benchmark in Major League Soccer since 1996, and our pursuit of the world’s best players for our club will continue to play a part in our success. We are excited to add Javier to our club and look forward to him representing the LA Galaxy in our stadium and in the Los Angeles community.”
Hernandez has also won at virtually every club he’s played for, being part of teams that won: two Premier League titles (2011, 2013), the Liga MX Apertura (2006), the FIFA Club World Cup (2014) and the Concacaf Gold Cup (2011). He was named Concacaf Men’s Player of the Year and Concacaf Best XI in 2015, the Gold Cup Golden Boot and MVP in 2011 and the Bundesliga Team of the Season in 2015-16.