Higuain: ‘I will take a sabbatical, Inter Miami want to sign Messi’

by | Sep 17, 2021 11:42

Former Napoli, Juventus and Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain reveals he will take a sabbatical after the end of his contract with Inter Miami and claims his club want to sign Leo Messi.

One year ago, Higuain swapped Juventus with Inter Miami, joining the MLS side after rescinding his contract with the Serie A giants.

A former Real Madrid, Milan and Chelsea striker, Higuain scored 66 goals in 149 games with the Old Lady.

“I have one year left in my contract with Inter Miami, at the end of the deal I will take a sabbatical, taking a break from football and everything,” the Argentinean striker told ESPN 360.

The Argentinean left Argentina in January 2007 when he completed a move to Real Madrid from River Plate.

Fabio Capello was his first coach in Europe and less than two years later, in the summer of 2009, Cristiano Ronaldo joined him in the Spanish capital.

“I was supposed to join Castilla or leave on loan, but when I arrived, I trained with the first team and after the second session, Capello told me: ‘You stay with us.’ After three or four days, I debuted as a starter in the Copa del Rey.

“With [Karim] Benzema, it was a healthy competition, we pushed each other to give our best. When Cristiano arrived, he scored 27 goals and I scored 26. Benzema arrived the following summer and I thought: ‘How many goals do I need to score?’ Karim brought out the best version of me and I did the same with him, he is an incredible No.9 and I didn’t expect it.”

Higuain revealed he is not considering returning to the national team and admits Inter Miami want to sign his compatriot Leo Messi who has just joined PSG on a free transfer from Barcelona.

“I don’t want to get in trouble, I don’t know about Leo in Miami.  He signed for two years with PSG… The club want it, we’ll see,” the former Juventus and Milan striker revealed.

Higuain holds the record for goals scored in Serie A in a single campaign. He managed 36 in 2015-16, but he is not the only one as Ciro Immobile equalled his record in 2019-20.

epa08548439 Juventus' Gonzalo Higuain celebrates after scoring the 2-0 lead during the Italian Serie A soccer match between US Sassuolo Calcio and Juventus FC in Reggio Emilia, Italy, 15 July 2020. EPA-EFE/ELISABETTA BARACCHI

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