Higuain excited over comparison with Maradona
IN-FORM Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain has spoken of his “great joy” at comparisons with club legend Diego Maradona.
Higuain has been in stunning form so far this season and is Serie A’s top scorer with 16 goals, propelling Napoli third and just one point off leaders Inter to spark talk of a Scudetto bid.
The former Real Madrid striker’s form has evoked memories of great Maradona’s performances in a Napoli shirt, with the Argentina great inspiring two title wins in 1986-87 and 1989-90.
But rather than being burdened by his countryman’s legacy, Higuain is relishing leading Napoli’s assault on the title.
“Diego Maradona? I’m Argentinian like he is, but wearing this shirt is not a burden – it is a satisfaction,” he told Mediaset Sport.
“He is an extraordinary player in the history of football and is loved at Napoli. Being compared to him is a source of great joy.”
Higuain also spoke glowingly of coach Maurizio Sarri, who took over at Stadio San Paolo in June and helped him rediscover his best form.
“There was a great feeling straight away,” he added. “He convinced me to stay and I’d like to thank him along with my team-mates, the club and the supporters.
“I am happy I decided to stay, Sarri gave me peace of mind, my head is clear and that shows on the pitch.”
• Culled from Goal.com
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