Argentine forward Gonzalo Higuain admits that he nearly ended his football career after his mother suffered a life-threatening illness. The 31-year-old recently sealed his move to Stamford Bridge after spending a loan season at AC Milan. That move will again team him with his former mentor Maurizio Sarri.
The 31-year-old forward already worked under the current Blues boss during his time at Napoli. But now, he admitted that he nearly retired from professional football in 2016 following the Copa America final against Chile after his mother, Nancy, diagnosed with a serious medical condition. However, his mother already made a full recovery and is now quite well.
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While talking about his crisis during that period, Gonzalo Higuain told Mirror “I decided immediately that I must stop playing football so that I could look after my mum,” and then added “I suspected something was wrong at home during the Copa America, but it was still a huge shock when I was told the truth.”
He said “I felt guilty, because I played in that final without knowing. My whole world came crashing down in that moment. I was not interested in anything else but my mum,” and then further added, “I told her I was finished with football and if it had been down to me I would have stopped playing.”
Higuain said “Her reply was that when I played football it made her happy. She told me that she would not allow me to give up something I loved. She asked me to carry on for her — and I knew I had to grant that wish.” He then also said “My family and friends are everything to me. After that, comes football. People need to understand that. They see you kick a ball and they don’t think you have anything to think about outside the game.”
On the other hand, Olivier Giroud also talked about the highly-anticipated transfer of Higuain as he said “Gonzalo’s arrival will help me to step up again and keep me fighting to be competitive by working hard in training,” and then added “And it’s going to be a benefit for the team. I hope he will help us to win trophies.”