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Chicharito named UNICEF ambassador

Mexican footballer Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, who plays for Manchester United, was named a UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) ambassador.

“When I heard that UNICEF wished to invite me to become a National Ambassador, immediately I thought: if it’s about doing something for the children of my country, I am in,” Hernandez said at his designation ceremony.

Hernandez earned the nickname, written on his jersey, from his father, Javier, a Mexican striker who played in the 1986 World Cup and was known as Chicharo, or ‘pea’, because of his green eyes.