- Associated Press - Thursday, May 26, 2011

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Look up from an oppressive Mexico City traffic jam and you see the baby face of Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez smiling down from a giant billboard. Look ahead and his image beams from an ad on a bakery truck.

Though he lives and plays more than 5,000 miles away for English club Manchester United, the 22-year-old whose nickname means “Little Pea” is everywhere in his home country at a time when Mexico is in dire need of a hero.

It’s not just because Chicharito has enjoyed a stunning debut season with United, scoring 20 goals and winning a fan vote as player of the season.

Rather, his gleeful celebrations after every goal, with arms outstretched and mouth agape, is the perfect antidote to daily reports of shootouts, kidnappings and mass graves in a country racked by drug violence that has killed more than 35,000 people since late 2006.

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