Juventus forward Gonzalo Higuain has revealed he almost considered quitting football after criticism over his World Cup final miss back in 2014.
Higuain would have quit football back in 2014 but his mother told him to keep going.
The 32-year-old has starred for some of the top clubs in Europe, with the forward boasting a track record of performing at all the clubs.
While Higuain is regarded as a top forward, he’s also one of the most criticized players around, especially in national colours.
The most intense of the criticisms came back in 2014 when the Argentine missed a clear-cut chance on goal that could have won his side FIFA World Cup.
Higuain looks back at that scenario and reveals he considered quitting football at the time.
“It’s not easy to be told ‘this lad’s no good anymore, he’s a failure, he can’t play football.’ It hurts,” the former Real Madrid man said to Marca as quoted by Football-Italia.
“Yes, it’s true that we didn’t achieve our objective, but to have been a failure? Reaching three finals isn’t failure…”
“Whoever dreamed of playing football when they were little but didn’t, did they also fail? It’s a huge word, but hey, maybe whoever uses it hasn’t failed themselves…”
“The chance dropped unexpectedly, I had to take it and unfortunately I couldn’t. I went with the first thing that popped up in my head. I don’t know if I’d do the same thing now.”
Higuain added that the only thing that stopped him from making that decision was encouragement from his mother.
“I was about to stop playing, but my mother told me to keep going. If it was up to me, I would’ve quit football. It’s something I love, but I love my mum more…
“She said she wouldn’t allow me to leave what I love for her.”
Higuain’s current contract at Juventus expires next summer and there are already rumors the club could be ready to move on from the 32-year-old.