Gonzalo Higuain opens up on career pain and decision to quit football
Gonzalo Higuain – whose former clubs include Real Madrid, Napoli, Milan, Juventus and Chelsea – has opened up about the struggles he has faced throughout his career and his plans for the future
Former Real Madrid, Juventus and Chelsea striker Gonzalo Higuain has opened up about the struggles he faced during his career and his decision to quit football.
The 34-year-old’s contract at MLS club Inter Miami expires at the end of the calendar year and he doesn’t seem likely to renew his stay at the American side.
Higuain – who has been one of the most prolific strikers of the past decade – has hinted that he intends to hang up his boots and step away from football altogether.
The French-born striker scored an impressive 350 goals during his senior career with his 121 goals in seven seasons at Real Madrid, his longest spell.
He transferred to Napoli in 2013, his 91 goals in three seasons, prompting Juventus to make him their club record at the time in a £75million deal.
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Despite scoring 66 goals for the Bianconeri, his performances were often the subject of criticism which preceded short-term loan spells at Milan and then Chelsea.
He joined Inter Miami last season – where his goalscoring return is 13 in 40 appearances – but his contract is due to expire in December, when he will have turned 35. and birthday.
The striker has now given an emotional interview to Diario AS in which he spoke about his future plans and the difficulties of being a professional footballer in the spotlight.
Higuain explained: “A footballer only exists to play football but when you can’t, then no one calls you.
“I’ve been very clear about this for years. You’re a disposable bottle.
“When you are thought to be empty, you are trampled on and then thrown away.”
He was then asked if he wanted to stay in football whenever he retired from playing, but he dismissed the idea.
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“I will be away from football,” he replied. “Away. I’m going to enjoy football while I’m still playing, but I won’t have any interest anymore.
“Sport infected me. I feel like this is not the world I want to be in.
“People have no idea what a footballer’s life is like.
“It’s easy to forget that we all have a father, we all have a mother, just like anyone else. And we have the same miseries and struggles that everyone else has.
Higuain won 14 trophies in his career – including three La Liga titles and three Serie A trophies – while helping Argentina reach the 2014 World Cup final.