Napoli have issued a statement denying that striker Gonzalo Higuain gave an interview to a magazine criticising former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo.
Higuain, who played alongside Ronaldo at Real Madrid before his move in 2013, was quoted by Don Balon as saying that the Portuguese superstar has a huge ego, and claiming he isn't as good as Lionel Messi.
“He has a huge ego," the Argentine is reported as sayingby the Mirror, who use Spanish newspaper Sport as a source. "If you do not tell him he’s the best, you are not his friend. Cristiano is believed to be the best but he’s overrated. I shared a dressing room with Messi and they are nothing like with each other.”
The reported remarks are unlikely to have gone down well with the Ronaldo camp, and now Napoli have now moved to do some damage control. They've issued a statement denying that Higuain ever gave an interview to Don Balon, and accuse the publication of making up the quotes.
It read: ‘The company denies alleged interview Higuain in “Don Balon”.
‘About the alleged statements attributed to Gonzalo Higuain and reported by the magazine “Don Balon”, Napoli and striker blue categorically deny ever he has been granted an interview with “Don Balon. Therefore the sentences attributed to Higuain are considered false and without any foundation.’
Don Balon are yet to issue a counter to the claims made by Napoli. Higuain meanwhile shifted the focus back on to the pitch last night as he got on the scoresheet during Napoli's 2-1 win over reigning champions Juventus.
Ronaldo meanwhile remains La Liga's joint top-scorer with five goals so far this season, although he couldn't score on Saturday as Madrid recorded a 0-0 draw against Malaga.