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Gonzalo Higuaín

Gonzalo Gerardo "El Pipita" Higuaín (born 10 December 1987) is an Argentine professional Association football. Gonzalo Higuaín was born in France, attaining Argentine citizenship in 2007, and now holding dual nationality. Gonzalo Higuaín currently plays as a forward (association football) Striker for Real Madrid and the Argentina national football team.

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Gonzalo Higuaín biography

Gonzalo Gerardo "El Pipita" Higuaín (born 10 December 1987) is an Argentine professional Association football. Gonzalo Higuaín was born in France, attaining Argentine citizenship in 2007, and now holding dual nationality. Gonzalo Higuaín currently plays as a forward (association football) Striker for Real Madrid and the Argentina national football team.

Early life

Higuaín was born in Brest, France, the son of the Argentine former footballer Jorge Higuaín, who was playing for Stade Brestois 29 as an expatriate. Therefore, Gonzalo Higuaín holds dual French-Argentine nationality. Having left the country at the age of 10 months, Gonzalo Higuaín did not return to France until the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Even though Gonzalo Higuaín does not speak French, Gonzalo Higuaín holds a French passport because Gonzalo Higuaín father was naturalized in France. Gonzalo Higuaín successfully applied for Argentine nationality in January 2007.

Higuaín has two older brothers, Nicolas and Federico Higuaín and one younger brother, Lautaro.

Club career

River Plate

Higuaín started playing in the youth teams and made Gonzalo Higuaín debut with Club Atlético River Plate in a 2–1 defeat against Gimnasia y Esgrima de La Plata on 29 May 2005. On 12 February 2006, Gonzalo Higuaín scored Gonzalo Higuaín first league goal in a 3–1 victory over Club Atlético Banfield. Higuaín ended the 2005–06 Argentine Primera División with five goals in 12 appearances.

Following Gonzalo Higuaín brace (sports) in the Superclásico Local derby against Boca Juniors on 8 October 2006, River Plate manager Daniel Passarella declared that Higuain had an "enormous future" and was "destined for superstardom." In the 2006–07 Argentine Primera División, Gonzalo Higuaín scored eight goals in 17 league matches. Gonzalo Higuaín debut came on 11 January 2007 against Real Betis in the second round of the Copa del Rey in Seville. Gonzalo Higuaín presentation at the League came 3 days later, on 14 January 2007, against Real Zaragoza at home. Higuain was involved in the creation of numerous scoring chances and in the assistance for the only goal, which earned Madrid the victory. Gonzalo Higuaín first goal with Real came on 24 February when the team faced Atlético Madrid in the Madrid derby, scoring the tying goal (1–1) at the Vicente Calderón Stadium. Later on the season, Higuaín showed an impressive performance by scoring a last minute goal on a league match against RCD Espanyol to earn Gonzalo Higuaín team a 4–3 victory when the tie was rampant on the scoreboard. However, during Gonzalo Higuaín first season in the Bernabéu, Higuaín arose some doubts over Gonzalo Higuaín performance due to Gonzalo Higuaín lack of goals.

2007–08 season

During the 2007–08 Real Madrid C.F. season season, Higuaín faced a rather intermittent performance. Yet, during the last stages of the league Gonzalo Higuaín managed to consolidate an impressive display. Gonzalo Higuaín first scored a last minute goal to earn Gonzalo Higuaín team a victory in a 2–1 comeback against Osasuna, which allowed Real Madrid to be mathematically crowned League Champions for the second consecutive year. Four days later, Pipita arose to the spotlight once more by scoring the 3rd goal of a 4–1 trashing over FC Barcelona in El Clásico. This performance was particularly praised due to Higuaín scoring Gonzalo Higuaín goal barely 57 seconds after coming in from the bench.

2008–09 season

In the 2008–09 Real Madrid C.F. season season Higuaín was offered the chance to be a starter due to the serious injury suffered by the Dutch people striker Ruud van Nistelrooy. On 21 April 2009, Gonzalo Higuaín accounted another great performance when Gonzalo Higuaín defined the match against Getafe CF with a goal in the last minute, giving Real Madrid a 3–2 victory which enabled the team to follow the trail of Josep Guardiola´s FC Barcelona. In August 2008, Higuaín scored the winner in Madrid's victory over Valencia CF in the Supercopa de España. Shortly afterwards, Gonzalo Higuaín scored all four goals in a 4–3 win against Málaga CF. Because of this, Gonzalo Higuaín started to gain international recognition, at the same time Gonzalo Higuaín got to be one of the leading goalscorers of the Spanish League, alongside Gonzalo Higuaín FC Barcelona counterpart, Samuel Eto'o. That season, the striker was devoted as one of the great promises of world football in the wake of spectacular games, and particularly dazzling last-minute goals. Higuaín ended the season with 22 league goals, 24 in all competitions, shining alongside longtime football stars like Diego Forlán, David Villa and Thierry Henry.

2009–10 season

The 2009–10 Real Madrid C.F. season season saw Higuaín become Real's top goalscorer with 27 league goals, 29 in total, being at the same time the La Liga's 2nd top goalscorer, behind only Lionel Messi but surpassing Swedish international Zlatan Ibrahimović and even Gonzalo Higuaín fellow teammate Cristiano Ronaldo. This season included Gonzalo Higuaín scoring Gonzalo Higuaín first two goals in the Champions league and Gonzalo Higuaín 2nd hat-trick for the club.
Gonzalo Higuaín also played at the 2010 FIFA world cup held in South Africa for Argentina. Gonzalo Higuaín scored the only hat-trick of the tournament against South Korea in a 4–1 victory, in Argentina's second group match

2010–11 season

In June 2010, Real Madrid extended Higuaín's contract until 2016. On 23 October 2010, Gonzalo Higuaín scored Real Madrid's 5200th league goal, against Racing de Santander on a 6–1 trashing by the Whites. On 4 November of the same year, Gonzalo entered the history of Real Madrid by being the scorer of the club's 700th goal in the Champions League.

On the first weeks of December 2010, Higuaín was diagnosed with a herniated lumbar disc, and was suggested by Real's medical staff to have it operated. On 5 January 2011, Real Madrid announced Gonzalo Higuaín would finally undergo surgery at the Department of Neurological Surgery of Chicago's Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine under the command of Dr. Richard G. Fessler, M.D The surgery took place on 11 January, and Higuaín was discharged from the hospital the next day following a successful operation. Gonzalo Higuaín was expected to spend at least four months away from the field in the recovery process. Two months spent to recover from the surgery and another two to train with the team, however Gonzalo Higuaín was able to make an early comeback. On 23 April 2011, Higuaín scored a hat-trick against Valencia CF in a 3–6 away win in Estadio Mestalla, giving Gonzalo Higuaín 8 goals in 8 matches against Valencia. Higuaín also assisted two other goals for Karim Benzema and Kaká in that same match.

2011–12 season

Gonzalo Higuaín opened Gonzalo Higuaín tally for the new league season with a goal against Getafe CF on September 10. On September 24, 2011 Gonzalo Higuaín scored Gonzalo Higuaín second goal of the season in a game against Rayo Vallecano which ended in a 6–2 win. On October 2, 2011 Gonzalo Higuaín scored Gonzalo Higuaín first hat-trick of the season against RCD Espanyol in a 4–0 away win. On October 8, 2011 Gonzalo Higuaín scored a hat-trick for Argentina national football team in a 4–1 win against Chile national football team, to take Gonzalo Higuaín tally of goals for the Argentina national football team shirt to 12 goals from 20 games. On October 15, 2011 Gonzalo Higuaín scored yet another hat-trick in a 4–1 win against Real Betis. That meant "El Pipita" had scored 9 official goals in less than two weeks time. On 29 October Higuaín scored the only goal of the game in a 1–0 win against Real Sociedad in San Sebastián. On 6 November Gonzalo Higuaín scored once in Real Madrid's 7–1 thrashing of CA Osasuna at the Santiago Bernabéu and Gonzalo Higuaín also scored the liberating 3–1 in a 4–1 win against local rivals Atlético Madrid in the El Derbi madrileño on 26 November 2011. On November 22, 2011, Higuain scored Real Madrid C.F.'s third goal in a 6–2 defeat of GNK Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League. Gonzalo Higuaín added another one in the last round, at AFC Ajax (3–0).

International career

Higuaín initially rejected calls from both the Argentine national football team and France national football team, claiming at the time Gonzalo Higuaín was undecided for which country Gonzalo Higuaín would prefer to play, before choosing Argentina. Higuaín was called up by the Argentina Olympic football team for a friendly match against Guatemala national football team in February 2008, and scored two goals in Gonzalo Higuaín debut as Argentina won 5–0, though the match was not officially recognized by FIFA as "A" international matches.

Higuaín was selected for Argentina by coach Diego Maradona for the last 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONMEBOL) against Peru national football team and Uruguay national football team. Gonzalo Higuaín scored Gonzalo Higuaín first goal on Gonzalo Higuaín full debut, a 49th minute strike during a 2–1 win over Peru on 10 October 2009. Gonzalo Higuaín netted Gonzalo Higuaín second goal for Argentina in the 1–0 win over Germany national football team at the Allianz Arena in Munich on 3 March 2010, right on the stroke of half-time, pouncing on a mistake made by German goalkeeper Rene Adler, in which Higuaín tapped into an open net from about 25 yards out. Following Argentina's qualification, Higuaín was included in the squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Gonzalo Higuaín scored a hat-trick in Argentina's 4–1 win over Korea Republic national football team in their second group match, becoming the third Argentinian to score a hat-trick in the World Cup finals, after Guillermo Stábile in 1930 FIFA World Cup and Gabriel Batistuta in 1994 FIFA World Cup and 1998 FIFA World Cup, and the first player to score a hat-trick in the tournament since 2002. Gonzalo Higuaín goal in the 3–1 defeat of Mexico national football team in the Second Round took Gonzalo Higuaín to a total of four, and Gonzalo Higuaín remained one of the top scorers for Argentina in the competition.

Shortly after a disappointing World Cup campaign, on 7 September 2010, Higuaín scored in a friendly match against newly crowned world champions Spain national football team making it 2–0, a game that ended 4–1.

Higuaín is one of only three foreign-born players to have played for Argentina in a FIFA World Cup, along with Pedro Arico Suárez and Constantino Urbieta Sosa.

Higuain scored the equalizer against Uruguay in the Copa America quarter-finals, and Gonzalo Higuaín scored a goal hitting the upright twice before going into the net in the penalty shootout where they lost 4–5.

Team in the Asian tour with Argentina, led by new coach Alejandro Sabella
On September 2, Gonzalo Higuain played in the match against Venezuela in the city of Calcutta in India, Argentina won 1–0 in Argentina scoring Nicolás Otamendi.
Higuain scored the first goal September 6, for Argentina when they beat Nigeria 3–1 in the city of Dhaka, Bangladesh, with the help of Lionel Messi and had a role in the third goal, but did not record Gonzalo Higuaín name. On 8 October 2011, Gonzalo scored a hattrick and assisted one goal for Messi in a 4–1 win against Chile, To take Gonzalo Higuaín tally of goals for the Argentina national football team shirt 12 goals from 22 games.


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