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Chicharito Hernández beat Zlatan Ibrahimovic's record in MLS

The Mexican surpassed the Swede in several statistical areas

By Mauricio Saenz

The Mexican surpassed the Swede in several statistical areas
The Mexican surpassed the Swede in several statistical areas
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We are clear that in all respects, comparisons are odious, and more so in football; However, the cold numbers don't lie, and the fact is that Mexican striker Javier Chicharito Hernández, in his second season in Major League Soccer (MLS) with Los Angeles Galaxy, had a better start to the tournament than his predecessor, the SwedeZlatan Ibrahimovic.

And we refer to the tests. After his passage through Manchester United, the Scandinavian landed in the American league on March 23, 2018, and eight days later he made his debut, in Traffic against Los Angeles FC, scoring two goals for the victory by 4 -3. In his first three games, he converted three times, playing 127 minutes, receiving a yellow card and no assists.

On his part, the start of the 2021 season for Chicharito was prolific. Two opening week goals against Inter Miami, for the 3-2 win and a hat trick for the 3-2 home win over the New York Red Bulls. In the same number of games as Zlatan, Hernández has scored five goals, 258 minutes played and no assists.

The numbers of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Chicharito Hernández in Los Angeles Galaxy

However, if we take the global data between the European's stay of two seasons, plus the Aztec's time in the team, clearly the advantage is taken by Ibra, especially in the awards he won during his time in the United States. Ibrahimovic played 56 games in the MLS, scoring 52 goals and making 13 assists, being recognized as the Reinforcement of the Year in 2018, goal of the year, twice in the Best 11 of the season, twice called to the All-Star Game and better league player at the ESPY Awards in 2019.

For his part, Chicharito battled with injuries in his first year in the Los Angeles team and ended up playing 12 games in 2020 plus the first three of this year, with a total of 15, and has only scored five goals, with the advantage that he has time ahead to break the Swedish records.


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