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Gonzalo Higuaín, the Argentine footballer, is one of the most noteworthy strikers of the current football scenario. Besides representing the national soccer team of Argentina, he is also associated with Italian giants Juventus. He is often addressed by his nickname, Pipa or Pipita.
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Born in France, Gonzalo Higuaín attained his Argentine citizenship in 2007, and with dual citizenship in his kitty, he chose to represent the South American country, after starting his life has a footballer at River Plate n Argentina. Then, he moved to Real Madrid in 2007 for a fee of 12 million EUR. During the time he stayed in Spain, he was part of three La Liga wins by Real, contributing 107 goals and appearing in 190 league matches. When he joined Napoli in Italy, his transfer fee was hiked to 40 million EUR, following which he helped earn Coppa Italia of 2013 season. In the 2015–16 season, he made 36 league goals, thus helping to win Capocannoniere title. An impressed Juventus acquired him at 90 million EUR.
Higuaín’s career as a footballer began with the youth program of River Plate, where he played from 1997 to 2005. After that, he debuted with the main team of the club in a match that ended in a 2–1 loss to Gimnasia y Esgrima in May 2005. In February 2006, Higuaín made his first goal of the league in a match against Banfield that ended in a win of 3–1. His 2005-06 season came to an end with 5 goals which he scored in 12 games. He made a brace in a Superclásico derby match against Boca Juniors in October 2006. His season came to an end with 10 goals scored in 17 league games.
In December 2006, Higuaín was signed by Real Madrid for 12 million EUR, and he debuted in January 2007 in a Copa del Rey second round match against Real Betis. His first league match was in January 2007, against Real Zaragoza. He went on to create many scoring opportunities for his teammates, and assisted in the team’s goal that day, which led to the team win. His first goal for Real Madrid was in February when the team faced Atlético Madrid in the Madrid derby. In 2007–08 season, he was quite inconsistent, but his end of the season was strong. He scored a last-minute goal against Osasuna, which resulted in a 2-1 win. He against scored against Barca in El Clasico.
In August 2008, Higuaín made the winning goal against Valencia in Supercopa de España. He soon made all the goals in a 4–3 victory over Málaga, and became one of the top scorers of La Liga. His 2008-09 season ended with 22 goals in games, and 24 in other competitions. The next season saw him make 27 league goals, and 29 in all competitions, making him the top scorer of Real, with the second highest La Liga goals, he also made his first UEFA Champions League goals in the season.
In June 2010, Higuaín’s contract was extended till 2016. After scoring landmark goals for Real Madrid, he was detected within the first weeks of December 2010, Higuaín was detected with a herniated lumbar disc, and was suggested a surgery, which took place in January. He was expected to have a four-month recovery time. In April 2011, he made a hat-trick against Valencia in a match that ended with 6–3 win. In March 2012, he scored his 100th goal for Real Madrid against Osasuna, while the second goal he scored in that match was Real Madrid’s 100th goal for 2011–12 La Liga season. In that season, he made 22 goals in total. In August 2012, he made the first Supercopa de España goal of the match that ended with a 2-1 win over Barcelona. In February 2013, he made his 100th goal in La Liga.
During his tenure, Real Madrid had a number of successes, which are as follows:
Several clubs showed interest in Higuaín, such as Arsenal and Napoli, at this point. In the middle of all the transfer speculations, he was linked by media to Arsenal. However, he finally made a move to Napoli. Aurelio De Laurentiis, the president of the club, said that he had cleared the medical test. The five-year contract was signed with a fee of 40 million EUR. In July, it was confirmed that Napoli would bring in Higuaín.
In August 2013, Higuaín debuted in a friendly against Benfica, and his first goal came in a 2–1 win. In August, he debuted in Serie A in a 3–0 loss of Bologna. In September, he scored a goal in Napoli’s first match of Champions League, which resulted in a 2–1 win over Borussia Dortmund. In February 2014, he made two goals in his team’s win of 3–0 over Roma, in Coppa Italia semifinal, and his team won the final with a score of 5–3 on aggregate.
In October 2014, he scored first three goals in the league for the season against Juventus in Supercoppa Italiana. He also made a hat-trick, against Dynamo Moscow in UEFA Europa League. In November, he scored the 200th club career goal. In January 2016, he was slapped with a ban for four matches: one, because he had two yellow cards; second, because he protested against the game officials; third, due to his misbehavior with the opponents; and the final, for seemingly pushing the referee, Massimiliano Irrati, which also led to a fine of 20,000 EUR. In April, after an appeal, this ban was reduced by one match. In May, he made a hat-trick against Frosinone in the Capocannoniere final. In that season, he had 36 goals. In his tenure, Napoli has earned two major successes, i.e. Coppa Italia in 2013–14, and Supercoppa Italiana in 2014.
After several speculations of his transfer, Higuaín signed with Juventus in July 2016, for 90 million EUR. In August, Higuaín made the winning shot against Fiorentina in his debut match. In September, he made a brace against Sassuolo. In October, he was noted for not celebrating, after scoring the winning goal against Napoli, his former team. In April 2017, he made two Coppa Italia goals, against Napoli. After that, he scored a brace against Chievo and became the first footballer who scored over 20 goals in the debut season for Juventus. In April, with two goals in a single match, he reached 200 league goals in Europe. In October 2017, with a double goal against Milan, he reached his 100th Serie A goal.
During his tenure, Juventus put up many great performances, and their successes include the Serie A title of 2016–17 and Coppa Italia in 2016–17.
Higuaín has been associated with Argentina since 2008. He is one of only three footballers born outside Argentina, to represent the national team in the World Cup, which he did in 2014. At a time when he was receiving calls from both Argentina and France, he refused to answer to either, stating that he had not still decided which country he wanted to play for. However, he eventually went on to choose Argentina. After being called up for the first time, he became part of the Olympic squad of Argentina, and in February 2008, he played in a friendly game against Guatemala. He made two goals in his debut match, and his team won with a score of 5–0. Thus began his journey with Argentina, and he has helped the team put up some amazing displays so far, including:
Higuaín was born in Brest, France. His father, Jorge Higuaín, was an Argentine footballer, who represented Stade Brestois 29. Higuaín has a Basque descent from his father’s side. When he was 10 months of age, and has never even learnt to speak the language, but he has a citizenship in the European country. He has three brothers named Nicolas, Federico and Lautaro; of whom, Lautaro is the youngest and Gonzalo himself is the second youngest. Federico plays in Major League Soccer with the club Columbus Crew in the role of deep-lying forward.
The current market value of Higuain is £63 million. This is a decline from his highest market value of £67.5 million, which he acquired in 2016, when he had just arrived at Juventus. He was seen on the cover of FIFA 15 video game.
Higuain has put up some amazing performances, and helped his team with his soccer skills. He has set the record as the player with the Most Goals in a Single Serie A Season, amassing 36 goals in 2015–16 season. His performances have earned him many individual awards, including: