The 26-year-old Argentine striker may have been on the winning side on Wednesday evening as Premier League leaders Arsenal were given a scare by the hosts in Naples but the Italian giants exit the competition as the Gunners progress through to the knock rounds second in their group behind Borussia Dortmund.
Higuain had, of course, be linked with a move to the Emirates this summer but a fee could not be agreed upon by the North Londoners and his former club Real Madrid who, in the end, opted instead to sell Arsenal his former teammate at the Bernabeu, Mesut Ozil.
Higuain left the Spanish capital leaving only Karim Benzema as the Los Blancos senior centre-forward with the arrival of world record signing Gareth Bale easing the goal burden on Carlo Ancelotti’s strike force but the Argentine likely made his departure with one reason in mind and that is very likely the reason for his tears at the Stadio San Paolo after the game.
That reason is the reason there were a number of high profile moves this summer and there will likely be another round again in January – the World Cup next summer in Brazil is coming around the corning imminently and top players want to ensure they book their seat on the flight and, crucially, that they get their name on the team sheet for their national team.
Higuain has been a regular starter for Argentina since the age of 22 when he scored on his debut against Peru in 2009 following his €12 million signing for Real Madrid from River Plate in his native Argentina.
He made 190 appearances for Real Madrid over the course of his six years at the Bernabeu, scoring 108 goals in all competitions but his place in the Argentina national team is not quite as assured as it has been in tournaments past.
Argentina manager Alejandro Sabella currently has the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero. Ezequiel Lavezzi, Rodrigo Palacio, Franco Do Santo and Mauro Icardi and Carlos Tevez (although the Juventus striker has not been called up by the manager since his appointment in 2011).
Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero pick themselves in the team which means there is not room up front for Higuain – especially given that he is no longer competing in the Champions League with Napoli as the other two are presently with Barcelona and Manchester City respectively.
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