Juventus signed Gonzalo Higuain from rival Napoli in a world record transfer deal worth €90 million. The footballer who’s expected to earn about £6.3m a year, has expressed confidence that his worth will soon be proven on the pitch.
The transaction puts him in third place among world’s most expensive footballers–a record held by Real Madrid stars, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Image shows Gonzalo Higuain displaying his new Juventus jersey No. 9
In his words: “I hope to repay the faith of the club’s directors and of course to demonstrate my value in the coming season with Juventus.
“The efforts to bring me here were truly humbling and it is up to me to show my worth to my new fans.”
Napoli manager and owner Aurelio De Laurentiis called his exit from the club, “a betrayal”, telling Corriere dello Sport:
“Some people say that to speak of betrayal is exaggerated, but I think the opposite because there is the full sense of betrayal in this [Higuain] choice because of the ingratitude shown.
“Obviously I have to consider the role played by Juventus, but I expected a different kind of behavior [from Higuain].
“True, there was the clause so there was no formal impropriety… but the unscrupulous nature of football means there is no respect for sentiment.
In response to his former manager’s comments, the Argentina international footballer told a press conference: “I spent three great years at Napoli and I can only thank them for their support, but this is a choice that I have made for personal reasons.”
Higuain continued: “I can understand they are extremely disappointed and upset with me, but this is a choice that I have made and I am happy about it.”
Image shows Gonzalo Higuain celebrating a goal scored for Napoli.
“I chose this team above all because they are an excellent side with a very exciting project.
“I’m humbled by the efforts made by the club to bring me here and I’m looking forward to a successful season.
“The ambition shown over the summer was an important factor for me. Combined with the desire of the players already here, this was an offer I could not refuse.
“The depth of this squad is one of its greatest strengths and the competition for places all over the field is a massive advantage for us.”
The former River Plate and Real Madrid striker, 28, scored 38 goals in 42 appearances for Napoli last season. He joined Napoli in 2013 after spending six years at Real Madrid.