Chelsea striker Gonzalo Higuaín has announced his retirement from international football, and taken a swipe at those who have criticised his performances with Argentina.
Gonzalo Higuaín Gonzalo said in an interview with Fox Sports, “My time with Argentina is over. Thinking things through in depth, my time is up,To the delight of many people, now I will only look at it from the outside. I have spoken to the manager, Lionel Scaloni and told him my point of view.”
“I’m fully focused on my commitment to Chelsea,The Premier League is amazing and I really want to enjoy it. It’s very competitive indeed.” He added.
“People remember the goals I missed and not the ones I scored. I’m sure everyone celebrated the goal against Belgium,” he said, referencing his only other World Cup goal in the 2014 quarter-final.
“When you criticise someone maliciously, it hurts everyone,” Higuaín added. “I saw how much my family suffered, but I gave everything for the national team. It’s one thing to say that we did not achieve our objectives, but when people talk about failure it’s very hard.”
“I’ve made the decision because I want to enjoy my family, I want to spend time with my daughter, and at the same time, I feel that I gave my country everything I could.
The 31-year-old scored 31 goals in 75 Argentina appearances, with his last appearance coming in the 2-1 win over Nigeria in last year’s World Cup. Higuaín started that game but was dropped for the last-16 defeat to France, and has arguably been made the scapegoat for Argentina’s recent underachievement on the international stage.
Higuaín, has scored three goals in 10 games since joining Chelsea on loan from Juventus in January, added that he has taken the decision in order to focus on club football and spend more time with his family.
Higuaín opted to play for Argentina over France, the country of his birth, and made his debut in the 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign. He scored four goals in South Africa, but later gained a reputation for expensive misses, failing to score in the 2014 World Cup final defeat to Germany and the consecutive Copa América final losses to Chile in 2015 and 2016.
Higuaín’s retirement comes less than a week after Lionel Messi returned from his post-World Cup international hiatus, featuring for Argentina in the friendly defeat against Venezuela in Madrid last Friday.