Gonzalo Higuain looking to kick start his career once again, this time in the MLS.
When Andrea Pirlo took over the role of head coach in Juventus, one of the first players he made sure was gone, was Gonzalo Higuain. The Argentine striker was deemed as surplus to the club and was allowed to leave to join Inter Miami. Ever since joining the Major League Soccer (MLS) side, the player claims he has been much happier and has started to enjoy his profession again. Even though he had a problem settling in with the club, it seems as if he is genuinely enjoying his time in the U.S.
At the age of 32 years, Higuain admits that he does not have many years left on the clock, however, he also believes that the MLS should not be only looked at as a sort of a retirement home for footballers. In an interview with ESPN, he said,
“[MLS] is not a league to come to retire or anything like that,”
“Obviously, I’m in the last part of my career, and I’m here to enjoy it and to get back my love for football. That’s the first thing I’m looking for.”
Although many critics might point out that the player is just looking for an easy way to earn a good paycheck, the move is much bigger than that. According to Higuain, he is exhausted after playing fourteen years of top-level football. He needed this change in environment to get back his love for football.
“I think that the football player is like a plastic bottle of Coca-Cola,”
“They pour it out, pour it out, pour it out, and then when there’s no more Coca-Cola, what do you do with it? You crush it, stamp on it, and throw it away.”
“They squeeze you to death, and that’s why I wanted to get outside of that bubble a bit.”
His move to the MLS side was also influenced partly by David Beckham and partly by fellow countryman, Leonardo Gonzalez Pirez. The defender along with the World Cup winner, Blaise Matuidi, also moved to the South Florida side which is co-owned by footballing legend David Beckham. Matuidi could have been the main influence as even he was not offered a contract extension by Juventus as Pirlo did not see him in his plans.
The striker although in a much better mood, has not had the best start to his career in the MLS. 1 goal in 9 matches is hardly something a center-forward would boast but if one looks past that stat, they will find out that Higuain has been actually making a lot of effort on the field. The striker has registered 35 shots in only 801 minutes and he finds himself behind only Lewis Morgan (56). Higuain himself is also happy with the impact that team has made in the league saying,
“God gave us the chance to get into the playoffs, with a lot of results [falling our way] and we have the chance to make history,”
“I don’t know how many teams have won MLS in their first year.”
Higuain is confident about their chances of lifting the trophy and believes that their qualification into the playoffs has been a sign of their seriousness in winning the league.
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