Grandparents are a blessing - and if there is one footballer who must undoubtedly share this sentiment, it is Pablo Hernandez. After all, his grandmother Adriana paved the way for him to play for Chile at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, only for an injury just before the tournament to dash his dreams.
Born in Argentina, the talented Celta Vigo playmaker qualified to represent La Roja through Adriana, thanks to whom he acquired Chilean citizenship in late 2013. He was immediately called up by Jorge Sampaoli for a friendly against Costa Rica and marked his debut with a brace.
Tucu, so nicknamed because he hails from the Tucuman province, began his career at local side Atletico Tucuman, whom he helped gain promotion to the Argentinian second tier in 2008.
Following underwhelming spells in Uruguay and with DC United in 2010, he signed for Argentinos Juniors, where his performances over the course of two years caught the eye of O'Higgins. After arriving in Chile in mid-2013, he hit the ground running and went on to notch the goal that sealed the club's first-ever top-flight title.
Moving to Europe helped him put his World Cup heartbreak behind him and although he did not feature in the 2015 Copa America, he was part of Juan Antonio Pizzi's Copa America Centenario-winning squad the following year. He has been an important piece of the puzzle for Pizzi ever since.