Gonzalo Higuain suggests he played a role in Argentina's Copa America win

Gonzalo Higuain and Lionel Messi playing for Argentina

Clearly, Gonzalo Higuain has had the kind of career most would envy. 

Across spells at Real Madrid, Juventus, Napoli and Chelsea, the striker won a number of trophies including six league titles, four cups and the Europa League, while also equaling a long-standing goal record of 36 in a single season in Naples. 

Throw in 31 goals in 75 caps for the Argentinian national team and, frankly, it’s a thoroughly impressive CV. 

Still, few would doubt that his time on the international stage was defined by a number of high-profile misses. 



Between 2014 and 2016, La Albiceleste reached three finals. 

The first, the World Cup finale against Germany in Brazil, saw him put what looked like a relatively easy chance wide after a mistake from Toni Kroos put him clean through on goal. 

One year later, he failed to tap in from close range in the Copa America final against Chile before missing a penalty in the shootout. In the 2016 edition, the forward once again squandered what appeared to be a gilt-edge chance in the final. 

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Obviously, football isn’t as simple as suggesting that – had Higuain scored – Argentina would have won all three trophies. What is fair to suggest, however, is that they would have had a much better chance. 

Speaking about the national team following their Copa America win earlier this year, the Inter Miami forward has claimed he played a part in the success and praised Lionel Messi for giving the players of the past some credit. 

“That Leo said that those of us who were there before were also part of it is comforting because I also contributed my bit so that this can happen,” he said (via Mundiol Albiceleste). 

It was a lot of years and the previous bunch of players set the bar high playing 3 finals. It did me well listening to Leo.”

Not the most popular figure in Argentine football, Higuain’s comments are likely to prove somewhat divisive. Still, he was part of a team who got to so many finals, potentially setting up a platform from which to finally win. 

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