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Higauin’s father blames Perez for Real Madrid exit

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The father of Gonzalo Higuain is convinced that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is to blame for his son’s exit in 2013

The Argentina international joined Real from River Plate back in 2007 and enjoyed a successful spell at the Spanish capital with three La Liga titles and having scored 107 goals in 190 league appearances.

But it was evidently not enough for Perez, who decided to sell Higuain in the summer of 2013 to Serie A side Napoli.

Under Rafael Benitez, the forward enjoyed further success with Napoli and scored 36 goals in 35 Serie A matches in his final season at the club.

Higauin was then promptly snapped up by Serie A champions Juventus in the summer of 2016 for a €90m transfer fee, which had to be paid over two installments.

In his first season in Turin, the Argentine scored 32 goals in his 55 appearances in all competitions with Juventus retaining the Serie A title for a sixth successive season.

“It hurt me the way he left Madrid,” Jorge Higuain told Cadena SER.

“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 Sr, who played for both Boca Juniors and River Plate, believes his son comes under much criticism from the media due to jealously.

“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.”