Karim Benzema is out of today’s second leg Champions League encounter with Atlético Madrid due to a sprained knee. That means Mexican legend Javier “Chicharito” Hernández will be taking over the “scoring dope goals” duties from the Frenchman.
But is Chicharito mentally prepared to handle the pressure? Can he adequately fill Benzema’s shoes?
We could go to the numbers and analyze Chicharito’s impressive, Michael Owen-esque goals-per-minute ratio, but that would be meaningless. We all know that numbers are merely obstacles that get in the way of facts. So instead, let’s check out their Instagram accounts. That’s where the real information lies.
Karim Benzema’s meticulous level of preparation for games is clear when he steps onto the pitch. But that level of preparation is just an extension of real-world Benzema. Witness the detail, how Benzema constantly creates big stages around him, how he isn’t fazed by the cameras. It’s no wonder he’s always ready to produce.
And most importantly:
Now contrast Benzema with newly in-love Chicharito:
Chicharito seems to love others more than he loves himself.
The big question that arises out of this hard analysis is a basic but existential one: Can Chicharito’s love for others live up to Benzema’s love for self in the high-stakes game of scoring goals on the biggest stage of all?
We’ll find out shortly.