's grandfather, former Mexican international Tomas Balcazar
, died on Sunday at the age of 88.
In an emotional statement on Instagram Live, Chicharito
said, "It's hard not being with all of my family, but I know that my family is united, that they are all in Guadalajara and that my grandmother is not alone. I'll will try, when all this has
stabilized a little more, to go to Guadalajara. For the moment I can't, [my wife] Sarah
is pregnant and we've taken all the necessary measures. Maybe in the future I can do something to
remember my grandfather."
Like Chicharito, who played for Mexico at the 2010, 2014 and 2018 World Cups, and his father of the same name, a member of 1986 World Cup team, Balcazar
represented Mexico at the 1954 World Cup, where he scored in the 3-2 loss to France.
Balcazar is best remembered in Mexico as a star for Guadalajara, where he spent his entire career
(1948-58). He was part of the team known as the "El Campeonisimo," which won the 1957 Mexican league title, a first for Chivas, which then went on to win seven league championships in nine seasons.
Chicharito said his grandfather was very proud that he also excelled in soccer: "He told me, 'Many thanks, because you don't know how much I see myself in you, you don't know how happy it
makes me to see a person I love so much being as happy as I was in football.'"
And he added that his grandfather would not want him to stop.
"It's tough to do exercise
because it reminds me a lot of him," said Chicharito, whose first season with the LA Galaxy was put on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic. "I imagine my grandfather say, 'Come on, a******, get