“I’ve been at the top for 15 years, but I can’t show my face on the street”

Gonzalo Higuain has complained about his fame as a professional footballer. The Inter Miami striker said he could not show his face on the street for fear that someone might start insulting him.

According to the Argentine, footballers pay a huge price for their choice of livelihood – even for one mistake, the crowd is ready to tear you apart, and you have no right to retaliate, because this will lead to even more unpleasant consequences.

“People think that our life is easy, but it’s not at all. I’ve been living unnaturally for 15 years – Higuain told TyC Sports. – We don’t have the same rights as ordinary people. You go out for a walk and you’ll find someone , who insulted you. I can’t even react, because then the consequences become twice as unpleasant.

If you lose a game or miss a goal, you can’t show your face on the street. Footballers’ lives are defined by results. This is a sport – a profession. There is no need to confuse the two. We are all human.

It doesn’t seem fair to me to play for 15 years at the top and not have the right to defend myself when someone starts insulting me. I’m old now and I can’t stand such things. I’ve never had anyone say it to my face, they always hide behind anonymous social media accounts.”

Higuain, who will turn 35 in December and during his career has played for teams such as Real Madrid, Napoli, Juventus, AC Milan and Chelsea, is now in his second year with Inter Miami. The Argentine says that nowhere else has he felt as comfortable as in David Beckham’s team at the moment.

“This is one of the best moments of my life,” he says. “I’m already at such a stage in my career that no compliment can lift me up, no criticism can bring me down. The most important thing right now is the balance; being at peace with yourself. Everything else is in the background.”

The striker ended his career with the national team after the 2018 World Cup, but fans still remember his misses in the final four years earlier, which cost Argentina the title. Higuain, who has 75 caps for the national team, says he does not regret his decision.

“I have no regrets because I gave my whole life for Argentina. I am proud of what I have achieved and I do not regret anything.”


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