Former Real Madrid player Chicharito Hernandez has confessed his season at the Santiago Bernabeu “wasn’t all rosy” as his first months at the club were “broadly bad”.
The current Bayer Leverkusen player was interviewed by Spanish newspaper Marca ahead of his Champions League clash against Barcelona.
Chicharito explained he cannot really tell about Real Madrid’s magnitude: “I don’t know if I’d exactly call what I experienced and felt ‘magnitude’. I enjoyed it to the max and I learned loads both from my first six months, which were broadly bad, and the following six, which were better. It wasn’t all rosy.”
The Mexico international admitted it is hard to have to wait on a team-mate getting injured in order to play. “It’s tough, but in my mind I’ve never seen it as someone having to get injured for me to play. The bad part is not playing. You always have to wait for your chance in this profession, and that wait is the toughest thing.”
Asked about the recent injury Leo Messi has suffered, Chicharito said “it’s always bad when a player gets injured.” “It can’t be good to celebrate any injury. Seeing another human suffer is never a nice thing. You can’t take any pleasure from it. Health is the most important thing in life,” he added.
The 27-year-old scored his first goal for Bayer Leverkusen last week and seems pretty happy in Germany: “I’m really well. I’m very happy. I want to get the most out of it. I’ve signed for three years and I want to learn and enjoy it.”
Asked whether last season was the toughest in his career, Chicharito explained “every year is tough.” “That’s the beauty of it too because I learn a lot from both the rough and the smooth,” he told Marca.