Gonzalo Higuain left Real Madrid in 2013. He then toured Napoli, Juventus and is now in Inter Miami. Higuain has won the league three times in seven seasons at Real. The former Argentina striker told ESPN Football 360 about his time at the Madrid club.
Higuain has had to go through a lot of competition in Real’s jersey. In his language it is ‘ruthless.’ Karim Benzema joined Higuain two years after he joined Real Madrid in 2006. Cristiano Ronaldo came to Real Madrid the same year. Higuain fell into a fierce competition on the offensive side.
In the words of the 33-year-old striker, “The competition with Benzema was healthy. We had to give up everything we could. Cristiano came and scored 26 goals in the first year, I scored 28 goals. Later Kaka and Benzema came. Then I said how many goals I have to score …. ‘
Higuain also spoke about the start time at the Santiago Bernabeu. Real bought him from River Plate for 12 million euros. At the beginning, he did not think that he would get a chance in the original XI. They bought me and wanted to send me to Castilla (Real B team). There was a possibility of sending on loan. Dad said on the plane, just want to know one thing, are you scared? Never be afraid … this word sticks in my mind. Let’s start practicing in the main team by joining Real. On the day of the second practice, Capello said, I am here (the main team). I made my debut in Copa del Rey three or four days later. ‘
Higuain joined Real after playing only three seasons at River Plate. Joining a club like Real at a young age, he had to struggle to cope with the pressure of expectations. However, he established himself well at Real with 121 goals in 264 matches. I thought I would play in the Copa Libertadores, play on the river plate for at least a few years and then go to Europe. It was very difficult to survive in Real. And at the age of 18, there was a lot of pressure to go to Bernabeu. After so many days, when I see myself as one of the top scorers in the history of Real, I think, I dreamed of playing in Europe but I never thought of such a career.
Higuain picked up the Argentine jersey in 2019. “I don’t see the possibility of returning to the national team,” Higuain said. I am far from thinking about the national team. Now I am at another stage of life. (Football) There is little left. Now the family is my priority. I can do everything to see her smiling face.