THE JUVE STORY's WORLD CUP PROFILE | HIGUAÍN
Argentine Gunner | Gonzalo Higuaín
He's a record breaker in Italy and has often come through when the Black and Whites needed him most. Higuaín is an absolute champion and an asset where ever he plays — a rare combination of bullish power and refined finesse.
(illustration by Marco and Mauro La Villa)
POSITION | Striker
JUVENTUS NO. | 9
ARGENTINA NO. | 9
BORN |December 10, 1987
BIRTH CITY | Brest, France
PRE-JUVE TEAM | Napoli
JUVENTUS | Serie A Scudetto (2017, 2018), Coppa Italia (2017, 2018)
NAPOLI | Coppa Italia (2014), Supercoppa Italiana (2014)
Gonzalo Higuaín en Blanco y Negro
After a month of transfer speculation, on 26 July 2016, Higuaín transferred to rivals Juventus for a fee of €90 million paid in two installments, becoming one of the highest football transfers of all-time and highest ever transfer for an Italian club. Three days after his move, Higuaín stated that his reason for moving to Juventus was because of his relationship with Napoli's chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis.
On 20 August, Higuaín scored the winning goal on his Juventus debut in their opening match against Fiorentina of a 2–1 home win. On 10 September, he scored a brace in a 3–1 home win over Sassuolo. On 29 October, he scored the winning goal against his former team, Napoli, but did not celebrate his goal, in a 2–1 home win. On 5 April 2017, Higuaín scored twice against Napoli in the 2016–17 Coppa Italia second semi-final leg to put Juventus through to the final 5–4 on aggregate, in spite of a 3–2 away loss. The following week, he became the first player to score more than 20 goals in his debut season for Juventus since John Charles and Omar Sívori had managed the same feat during the 1957–58 Serie A season, when he scored a brace against Chievo. On 15 April, Higuaín scored both goals in a 2–0 away win against Pescara, which included his 200th league goal in Europe. On 3 June, Higuaín started in the Champions League Final, but Juventus were defeated 4–1 by defending champions Real Madrid; he set up Mario Mandžukić's temporary equaliser in the first half. (Source: Wikipedia / Read more here.)