Former Arsenal target in motivational text exchange with Maradona

The national coach of Argentina sent an SMS to Gonzalo Higuain ahead of the player's golazo against AC Milan.

The fortunes of Napoli and AC Milan could not be more contrasting as Serie A concluded it's fourth game-week recently. The Partenopei are undefeated and have the look of an unbeatable side playing football to it's highest aesthetics. The Rossoneri, meanwhile, are playing sub-par and have already hit crisis mode.

Going into their clash at the San Siro on Sunday, a Napoli victory was not a foregone conclusion, though. After all, they had not collected maximum points there for 27 years. Interestingly, since the days of club legend and all-time great Diego Maradona.

Coincidental, rather than divine intervention, but Maradona, now 52 and former manager of the Argentina national team, sent a motivational text to long-time Arsenal target Gonzalo Higuain, 25, formerly of Real Madrid and River Plate.

The message simply read: 'Go and score at the San Siro.'

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Miguel Britos opened Napoli's account, while Higuain doubled the club's lead, before the team survived a late and futile Milan attempt to claw their way back into result contention as Mario Balotelli missed a penalty, scored a 91st minute effort before earning himself a second yellow card after the final whistle had been blown.

Napoli currently nestle in at second in the Serie A table, with only one goal the difference between themselves and first-placed Roma, also on 12 points. Milan, meanwhile, occupy 11th spot, in the bottom half of the table with just four points to show for their efforts to date.

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