Chicharito: We want to create history at the World Cup



Chicharito is dreaming of creating history with Mexico as El Tri step up their FIFA World Cup finals preparations by facing a Wales team managed by his former teammate Ryan Giggs.

Mexico’s all-time leading goalscorer with 49 goals will earn his 101st cap in the United States as Juan Carlos Osorio looks to cut his final squad to 23 players for the upcoming trip to Russia.

Speaking to the media ahead of Monday night’s friendly in Pasadena, California, the West Ham United striker would dearly love to lead his country all the way for the first time in their history.

Mexico have been eliminated at the Round of 16 in each of the last six World Cups – the last two with Chicharito in the side – and never gone past the quarter-finals in 16 attempts, but the 29-year-old is dreaming of lifting the trophy on 15 July.

However, the Little Pea knows circumstances will need to conspire in Mexico’s favour if they are to pull off a major shock in Moscow.

What we want is try everything so that the universe conspires in our favour and we can deserve to win


“There isn't one thing that will make us create history,” he said. “What we want is try everything so that the universe conspires in our favour and we can deserve to win. Even though the beauty of football is that you can't guarantee that.”

Before his thoughts turn totally to Russia, and Group F fixtures with Germany, South Korea and Sweden, Chicharito will first tackle a Wales side managed by a man he knows very well – Ryan Giggs.

The pair won two Premier League titles as colleagues at Manchester United between 2010 and 2015.


Chicharito meets the media in Los Angeles


While the Hammers forward is looking forward to catching up with Giggs, he is eager to get one over his old pal as Mexico play the first of three pre-World Cup friendlies, with warm-up fixtures with Scotland and Denmark also on the agenda.

“It's going to be very good to see Ryan again. Ryan is in a new role now and to be manager of his country is great.

“But the most important thing is we are preparing well, we know we are going to the World Cup and Wales aren't. But that doesn't mean we are not taking them seriously, we will be very respectful and we want to improve compared to our other previous matches.

“It's going to be a very nice moment in Los Angeles where we have a lot of Mexicans to support us.”

*Highlights of Mexico versus Wales will be screened by BBC One Wales (Sky Channel 952/Virgin Media Channel 952 in the rest of the UK) at 12.30pm and 11.40pm on Tuesday.