At this time last year, if you'd asked anyone who Javier Hernandez was, you'd have been met with a gaping look and an err..... for a response. One year down the line, if you ask the same question to anyone who remotely follows football, they'll tell you that he is the signing of the season.
Before the World Cup began, which would have led to Hernandez being exposed to searing eyes of scouts around the world, Manchester United rushed into a deal to sign the then Chivas striker nicknamed Chicharito for a figure around the region of £6m.
The 23-year-old hit the ground running and scored a highly commendable 20 goals in his debut season at club, managing to relegate top scorer Dimitar Berbatov to the bench. Unsurprisingly, his performance caught the eye and clubs around Europe, especially Real Madrid, are linked to the young Mexican.
Hernandez, however, has dispelled rumours linking him to Madrid and said that he wanted to repay Sir Alex Ferguson for the gamble he took and the belief show in him by the Scotsman.
I'm very motivated after a great season with United, Hernandez said. From now on I'll owe a great debt to Sir Alex for bringing me to Europe. My dream has not changed. I want to win many titles to give back to the team that opened the doors for me.
On Monday, Hernandez was amongst the goals yet again, scoring a hat-trick for his national team as Mexico trounced El Salvador in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. However, he showed maturity for his age, dismissing the plaudits he received.
I'm not a symbol or idol, Hernandez said. Football is not a sport like golf but a team game.