The player earned his nickname by startling his friends but has spent the last several years haunting defenders in the Mexican league
Nearly every Mexican footballer has a nickname, given to them in childhood that sticks throughout life. The next player to jump from Liga MX to Europe is no exception.
Legend has it that as a youth player Hirving Lozano took joy in hiding under the bed on road trips then jumping out and scaring his teammates. And so, despite his lack of carrot-orange hair or facial scars, Lozano became “El Chucky” after the doll in horror movies.
Not long after first earning the moniker, Lozano started spending more time frightening opponents than terrorizing teammates. It took him just five minutes to score his first goal after making his professional debut at age 18, eventually earning a spot and helping Pachuca to a runner-up finish in the regular season.
He’d later take Tuzos to much greater heights, leading them to the Liga MX title in the Clausura 2016 and scoring eight goals in as many matches to key the club’s CONCACAF Champions League title. As Pachuca was celebrating its title, some speculated this December’s Club World Cup would delay his move across the Atlantic — one that has seemed a certainty rather than a possibility since interest emerged in 2015 and ramped up as Jose Mourinho reportedly wanted the winger to come to Manchester United.
It then appeared that it was the other side of Manchester where Lozano would have ended up, with Man City reportedly set to sign the young Mexican followed by a loan to PSV for two years before he would join up with Pep Guardiola. But any move to the Premier League has now been delayed, as PSV found a way to get their man without Man City signing him first.
Lozano on Monday agreed to a six-year deal with PSV, which spent all of 2017 chasing the Mexican.
“I’m glad it finally succeeded,” PSV sporting director Marcel Brands said in a statement. “We spent more than six months working on this transfer and some creativity was needed to eventually get the transfer through.”