The real reason why Gonzalo Higuain left Real Madrid for Juventus has been revealed by his father, Jorge Nicolas Higuain
Higuain is now enjoying life in Italy with Juventus, but the manner he left the Spanish giants was painful for his dad.
Higuain joined Real Madrid from River Plate in 2007 alongside with Fernando Gago from Boca Juniors.
Higuain’s father said Florentino Perez was the main reason the Argentine forward left Real Madrid and he is convinced the club president did not like his son.
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"It hurt me the way he left Madrid,"
"It's something that the president did. [Perez] probably didn't like him.
"I think they could have done a lot more things with [Karim] Benzema, Cristiano [Ronaldo] and Gonzalo together.
"When they formed that trio in Madrid, they were some of the best goal-scorers. Gonzalo could have stayed longer at Real Madrid."
Higuain is a regular target for criticism with respect to his performances in big games for club and country, but his father – who played for both Boca Juniors and River Plate – thinks it comes down to jealousy from bitter journalists.
"When criticism is constructive you can get positive things," he said. "The player knows that he played badly, you do not need to be told, but when he hears criticism he can improve.
"Journalism sometimes has the authority to hire and fire players or coaches, and they have not touched a ball in their lives, that's what bothers them [the journalists].
"Messi has also been criticised a lot. Argentina is a very nice country, but with the government and hospitals, there are injustices of all kinds – nothing happens. A player fails and the world seems to end. Jorge Higuain told Cadena Ser's El Larguero show.
Higuain made 190 La Liga appearances for Los Blancos and he scored 107 goals for the Santiago Bernabeu outfit, he won three La Liga titles before he joined Napoli.
He joined Juventus in 2016 for a fee of €90 million and he is prepared to face Real Madrid in the quarterfinals of the Champions League.