Arsenal legend Thierry Henry took exception to the way on-loan Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez celebrated his goal for Real Madrid in Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final win at the Bernabeu, the Daily Star reports.
Hernandez was handed a start up front for Carlo Ancelotti due to an injury crisis at Real Madrid and delivered the match winning goal against rivals Atletico Madrid.
With the tie poised to head into extra-time, some magical footwork from Cristiano Ronaldo fashioned an opening and just as many thought he’d sweep it home, the Portuguese star rolled the ball back for Hernandez to tap-in – the sort of unselfishness we’ve witnessed Henry provide on countless occasions in the past.
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The Frenchman therefore took exception to Hernandez’s over-elaborate celebration.
“What I don’t like is ‘Chicharito’ seems like he’s won the World Cup with that,” Henry said on Sky Sports.
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“It’s a tap-in. Turn around and celebrate with Ronaldo. Even the camera knew – the camera is on Ronaldo for a reason.
“I think the pressure went through him. He knew he had to perform today and he had a couple of chances to do it.
“If Ronaldo had done that I would have said the same thing. You have to pass the ball, but it’s still a tap-in and you have to turn around and say thank you.”
After a stuttering start, Henry is starting to carve out his own niche in terms of punditry and when it comes to strikers, there aren’t many who can detail the thought process which dominates a forward’s mind better than the Frenchman.