Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Gonzalo Higuain talks about his Real Madrid days

Gonzalo Higuain now plays for MLS side Inter Miami, which is owned by David Beckham. The 33-year-old joined Los Blancos in 2007 and was joined by Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009, with Karim Benzema and Kaka also joining that same summer, although he thought the latter two arrived in 2010.

Gonzalo Higuain has now opened up about his Real Madrid days and the competition in the team. Higuain said in an interview with ESPN Futbol 360, via Marca: “With Benzema it was a very healthy competition, but we had to do our best. The year Cristiano arrived, he scored 27 goals and I scored 26.”

“The next transfer window they brought in Kaka and Benzema. That’s when I said ‘how many goals do I have to score?'”

“Karim came in and he brought out the best version of me and I brought out the best version of him. He’s a tremendous No.9.”

Higuain signed for Real Madrid as an 18-year-old and didn’t expect to feature for the first team. He said: “I wasn’t going to go to the first team of Real Madrid. They bought me and they were going to keep me at Castilla. There was the possibility of going on loan as well.”

“My dad told me on the plane: ‘The only thing I’m going to ask you is not to be afraid. Never be afraid, but be respectful…’ and that phrase stayed with me.”

“When I arrived, I trained with the first team and in the second training session [Fabio] Capello told me ‘You’re staying with us’.”

“Three or four days later I made my debut as a starter in the Copa del Rey. I ended up playing on the right wing.”

Higuain also commented on Messi joining Inter Miami: “Don’t get me into trouble… I have no idea about Leo joining Miami.”

“I have one year left on my contract and I think Leo signed for two or three years in Paris, I don’t think we’ll overlap.”

“The club want him, let’s see. After that year I’ll take a sabbatical, away from football and everything.”

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