Javier Hernandez faces criticism after controversial comments on Mexico's performance

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Javier Hernandez, currently a free agent after departing LA Galaxy at the end of the 2023 season, found himself at the center of controversy after openly criticizing Mexico's performance following their match against Honduras in the Concacaf Nations League.

The striker's comments drew strong reactions, particularly from former Cruz Azul coach and current ESPN panelist, Ricardo Ferretti. Ferretti expressed his disappointment with Hernandez's reaction post-Mexico's victory against Honduras.

Expressing surprise at Hernandez's behavior, Ferretti highlighted the striker's recent social media posts, noting his injury status and the fact that he had terminated his contract with Los Angeles Galaxy.

"In the first place, I'm surprised because, honestly, I see him, and he's not the person I knew, who helped me, honestly. I don't know how to express it, but he's a completely different person. The version I have of Javier Hernandez is entirely different from what he's saying. For me, this isn't Javier Hernandez," remarked Ferretti. "It genuinely disappoints me as the human being that I knew Javier Hernandez to be. This isn't the Javier Hernandez I knew. I don't know how to put it into words; I've never heard such an inappropriate statement from him. He's not in his right mind; he let his heart lead more than his head," he continued.

Hernandez's critical remarks about the Mexican national team sparked controversy, with Ferretti's remarks adding weight to the backlash against the striker. The critique from someone who previously held a close professional relationship with Hernandez added depth to the disappointment felt within the football community regarding his recent behavior.

As Hernandez navigates this period as a free agent, his outspoken comments and the ensuing criticism have added a layer of scrutiny to his actions, prompting discussions about his conduct both on and off the field. It remains to be seen how these developments will impact his future prospects in the football world.