Thousands of kilometres from Mexico, Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez let his allegiance slip via social media as the Bayer Leverkusen star congratulated Chivas Guadalajara on their Copa MX win.
Chivas won the Copa MX 3-1 on penalties. Guadalajara dominated, but couldn't create enough to get past a sturdy Morelia defense. After a goalless 90 minutes, Chivas keeper Miguel Jimenez conjured up three saves to win the resulting penalty shootout.
Hernandez wrote: "One more for the trophy case with an all-Mexico product. Congratulations @Chivas. May there be many more!!!"
Otra más para la vitrina con puro producto nacional ����!!! Felicidades @Chivas ⚪️����!!! Que vengan muchas más!!! ��������
- Chicharito Hernandez (@CH14_) April 20, 2017
Bayer Leverkusen forward Hernandez is closing in on a comeback following the thigh injury that has ruled him out since last month's international break.
Hernandez played only four years professionally for Chivas, leaving in 2010, but he was a member of the youth corps before that, so his time with the club goes back to 1997. With Chivas, Hernandez first made the dashing, exquisitely timed runs to goal that so often produce amazing results.
His connection to his boyhood club remains strong. He has previously posted messages of support to the club for their long history in Mexico.
Though he only scored one goal in the 2006 Apertura season for Guadalajara, Hernandez was still a part of the team that won the league championship for Chivas back then. It remains the only league title the club has won in the 21st century, after winning 10 before that.
Chivas haven't won a Liga MX title in over 10 years.