Biography

Gonzalo Higuain

Gonzalo Higuain is an Argentinian footballer currently at Juventus. Find out more about Gonzalo in our in-depth biography

Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain Photo: Gonzalo Higuain / Instagram

Gonzalo Higuain is an Argentinian footballer who currently plays for Serie A club Juventus.

He started his professional career at River Plate after the striker came through the ranks at the Argentine club.

Gonzalo moved to Real Madrid in a €12m in 2007 and the South American went on to win three La Liga titles, the Copa del Rey and the Spanish Super Cup.

Napoli signed Higuain in a €40m deal from Real Madrid to become their most expensive signing after seeing off interest from Arsenal.

Gonzalo won the Coppa Italia and the Italian Super Cup before Juventus completed a swoop to sign Higuain in a €90m transfer deal.

The two-time Serie A winner made his first appearance for the Argentina national team in 2-1 win over Peru in October 2009.

Personal Information:

Date of birth: 10 December 1987
Age: 30 years old
Place of birth: Brest, France
Nationality: Argentinian
Height: 184m / 6ft 0 ins
Weight: 89kg / 196 lbs
Transfer value: €90m
Wages:

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River Plate

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Gonzalo made his debut for River Plate in a 2–1 defeat against Gimnasia y Esgrima on 29 May 2005.

His first professional goal came in a 2-1 victory over Banfield. The Argentinian forward finished the season with five goals in 12 games for River Plate.

Gonzalo scored twice in River Plate’s win over Boca Juniors in Superclasico derby on 8 June 2006.

He netted eight goals in 19 games in all competitions in the 2006-07 campaign.

Real Madrid

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Real Madrid signed Higuain in a €12m deal from River Plate in the 2007 summer transfer window.

The South American made his debut against Real Betis in the second round of the Copa del Rey.

His first La Liga appearance came days later and Higuain made an assist in a 1-0 victory over Real Zaragoza.

Gonzalo’s first goal came in a 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid in the derby before he netted for the second time in a 4-3 victory over Espanyol.

He netted their title-clinching goal in his first full season at Real Madrid.

Higuain ended the season on a high note with goals in five successive games. This included a 4-1 win over FC Barcelona in El Clasico in May 2008.

Gonzalo hit double figures for the first time in his career during the 2008-09 campaign.

He scored all four goals in a 4-3 victory over Malaga in La Liga in November 2008.

The Argentina striker got on the score sheet in a 6-2 loss to bitter rivls FC Barcelona.

Higuain finished one goal shy of the 30 mark in the 2009-10 season to finish behind Lionel Messi in the goal-scoring charts.

Gonzalo netted his first Champions League goal in a 5-2 win over Austrian outfit Rapid Vienna.

He scored his second hat-trick for Real Madrid in a 4-1 win over Rayo Vallodid.

Higuain put pen to paper on a new five-year deal in June 2010.

However, the arrival of Karim Benzema left Higuain with more competition for a starting spot.

Gonzalo suffered with injury problems during the 2010-11 La Liga season. He returned in April and scored a hat-trick in a 6-3 victory over Valencia on 23 April 2011.

He finished a stop-start season with 13 goals in 25 games.

Higuian struggled to hold down a regular starting spot in the 2012-13 season. Gonzalo started 18 games and made 17 appearances from the bench.

The Argentina international netted hat-tricks in victories over Real Betis and Espanyol in October 2011.

He netted 26 goals in the campaign at Real Madrid.

Gonzalo found the net in Real Madrid’s dramatic victory over FC Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup.

He scored his 100th La Liga goal in a 2-1 win over Deportivo La Coruna in April 2013.

Gonzalo netted 18 goals in 44 games in all competitions in his final campaign at The Bernabeu.

Napoli

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Napoli signed Higuain in a £40m deal from Real Madrid on 27 July 2013.

Gonzalo made his debut in a 3-0 win over Bologna but the Argentine striker didn’t get on the score sheet until a week later in a 4-2 win over Chievo. Higuain scored in three successive games to justify his price tag.

Napoli failed to get out of the Champions League group stage despite his goals against Borussia Dortmund, Marseille and Arsenal.

He scored two goals in a 3-0 win over AS Roma to help Napoli reach the Coppa Italia final.

Higuain netted his first hat-trick in a 4-2 win over Lazio in April 2014.

He didn’t get on the score sheet in their 3-1 victory over Lazio in the Coppa Italia final.

His second treble came in a 4-0 win over Verona on 26 October 2014.

Gonzalo’s first European hat-trick came in a 3-1 win over Dynamo Moscow in the Europa League round of 16.

Napoli missed out on a Champions League spot in their final game of the season after Higuain scored twice but missed a penalty.

Maurizio Sarri replaced Rafael Benitez at Napoli at the start of the 2015-16 season.

Higuain produced his best season in club football to date with 36 goals in 35 Serie A games. He also netted four times in eight Europa League games.

Juventus

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Juventus signed Higuain in a €90m deal from Napoli on 26 July 2016.

He scored on his debut in a 2-1 victory over Fiorentina on 20 August.

Gonzalo did not celebrate his decisive goal in a 2-1 win against his former club Napoli in late October.

He came back to haunt the Naples outfit again with two goals to help Juve beat Napoli and reach the Coppa Italia final.

Higuain netted two goals in a 2-0 away win at AS Monaco to play a big role in Juventus’ progress to the Champions League final.

He didn’t get on the score sheet in a 4-1 loss to his former team Real Madrid in the Champions League final in May 2017.

Fresh from winning his first Serie A title, Gonzalo continued to shine in his second season at Juve.

Higuain scored his 100th Serie A goal in a 2-0 win at AC Milan on 28 October 2017.

He proved influential in Juve’s 4-3 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League round of 16.

Higuain scored two goals in a 2-2 draw in Turin before he found the net at Wembley in Juve’s 2-1 win.

Gonzalo won his second Serie A title with Juventus with a modest return of 16 goals in 35 Serie A games.

International career

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Higuain made his Argentina debut in a 2-1 win over Peru in October 2009.

He was part of Argentina’s squads for the 2010, 2014 and 2018 World Cups. Higuain featured in Argetina’s 1-0 loss to Germany in the 2014 final.

Gonzalo is a two-time runner up in the Copa America.

He has scored 31 times in 75 games for the Argentina national team.

Personal life

Higuaín was born on 10 December 1987 in Brest, France.

Gonzalo is the son of the Argentine footballer Jorge Higuaín.

He left France at 10 months but doesn’t speak French.

Interesting facts about Gonzalo Higuain

• Gonzalo is a proficient tennis player: “I love tennis and would be a good idea to practice given the level that it is in the circuit. Yes, I would have liked to be a tennis player, but my dream was to be a footballer and I got it.”

• Jorge Higuain played some competitive football from 1976 to 1992, stamping his authority in the defensive lines of several Argentine clubs in the Apertura. He also spent time in France with Brest.

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