Javier Hernandez has lost his grandfather Tomas Balcazar at the age of 88
– Balcazar represented Mexico and scored at the 1954 World Cup just like Chicharito who also found the back of the net in the 2010 edition.
– He played for Guadalajara in his entire career and briefly coached the national team
Javier Hernadez’s grandfather and Mexican legend Tomas Balcazar has passed away at the age of 88, it has been confirmed.
Balcazar the father in law to the former Man United star who was a member of the Mexico squad that hosted the 1986 World Cup.
Chicharito has also represented the El Tri in three World Cups making him the third generation of the Hernandez-Balcazar family to do so.
“The Mexico national teams mourn the sad loss of Tomas Balcazar Gonzalez,” the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) wrote on its official Twitter account.
“Ex-player of the Mexico national team and a legend of Mexican football. We join his family and friends in their grief.”
Balcazar played for only one team, Club Deportivo Guadalajara since he was 17 and made over 300 appearances for them. And the Mexican side also paid tribute to the legend.
“Thanks for the championships, the enormous legacy you left in our history and above all for your human qualities.”
After retirement in 1958, he was an assistant coach at Chivas, a team went on to win 15 trophies in ten years.
Balcazar has a short spell as head coach of the Mexican national team. He scored the first goal in the 1954 World Cup and fifty-six-years later Chicharito also scored in the 2010 edition