AC Milan have confirmed the signing of former Real Madrid, Napoli and Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuaín.
Pitching some light on Higuain, he has been described as a hardworking striker and a prolific goal scorer, and compared to his legendary compatriots Hernán Crespo and Gabriel Batistuta. His career so far has been full of trophies, achievements and goals. Higuaín first came to prominence after signing for Real Madrid in December 2006. In the seven and a half years he spent at the Santiago Bernabéu, he played in 190 games, scoring 107 goals, a remarkable return for the Argentine striker. However, Florentino Pérez and the Madrid hierarchy elected to keep Karim Benzema over Higuaín, and Bemzema has scored 127 in 276 games, only 20 more than his rival in almost 100 more games. The club president was heavily criticised in the weeks that ensued for making the decision to send Higuaín to Napoli in a move worth €40 million in August 2013. In his first season he got off to a flying start scoring 29 goals for Napoli, 17 of those occurring in Serie A. In his second season, he scored an improved 30 goals for the Neapolitan club, this time with 18 coming out of Serie A football.
He had now built a superstar image for himself in Naples and in Italian football. The pinnacle of his Italian footballing career occurred in the 2015/16 season, in which he hit the back of the net 43 times, with a record 36 in Serie A, the most ever for any season in the Italian top flight. That incredible season earned him a €90 million move to Juventus, in a Bianconero attempt to win the UEFA Champions League. Another great season followed, in which he scored 34 in all competitions, (24 in Serie A) in a team full of superstars such as his compatriot, Paulo Dybala. In his last season at Juventus he scored an impressive 22 goals in Serie A, though the fans seemed to turn against him. He has now moved to Milan and now must impress in the bright lights of the San Siro to prove his worth to the Rossoneri faithful.
Words by Daniel.