Many football fans couldn’t quite believe it when Juventus spent £75 million on Gonzalo Higuain.
The Argentine turns 29 next month so there were unsurprisingly plenty of question marks surrounding the incredible fee the Old Lady paid.
However, Higuain has immediately silenced those critics by scoring seven goals in nine matches in all competitions, helping his side to the top of Serie A.
His form during this calendar year has seen him named as one of the 30 Ballon d’Or nominees, although he isn’t expected to get anywhere near the trophy with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann and Luis Suarez in the front running for the accolade.
However, Pavel Nedved believes that Higuain is actually the best striker in the world.
The legendary Czech Republic international is currently a director at Juventus and insists that Higuain is worth every penny because there is nobody better than him in that position.
"It is never easy for a champion to find your feet at a new club," Nedved told Tuttosport, per Goal.
"There are plenty of examples of players who struggled at first and then exploded into life.
"We are very happy with Higuain. He is the best striker in the world. His commitment is exemplary.
"We have made a good decision to sign him and time will prove us right.”
Whether Nedved regards Messi, Ronaldo and Griezmann as ‘strikers’ is unknown but it’s certainly some statement from the former midfielder.
Especially when you consider the amount of out-and-out strikers that have been named in the Ballon d’Or list. Sergio Aguero, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Paulo Dybala, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Robert Lewandowski, Luis Suarez and Jamie Vardy all feature on the shortlist but Nedved clearly thinks Higuain trumps them all.
There’s no denying that the Argentine forward deserves to be considered as one of the best forwards in world football, though.
He rose to stardom when Real Madrid signed him from River Plate in 2007, where he played for six-and-a-half seasons, scoring 121 goals in 264 appearances.
Napoli then splashed €40 million on him - a fee that Higuain paid back with his performances of the next three seasons. He scored 91 goals in 146 appearances in total - including 36 goals in 35 Serie A appearances last season.
So, yeah, Higuian is a fantastic striker but better than anyone else? We don’t think so.
We think that Nedved may be being a little bit biased.
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