If you don’t follow the Italian Serie A, I’ll try my best to summarise as succinctly as possible: Napoli have not won the league title since the 1989-90 season. This season has been their best chance to win the trophy all thanks to one Argentinian: Gonzalo Higuain. He has been in ridiculously hot form, being the first in Europe’s top leagues to reach the 20-goal milestone. He is now joint top scorer in Europe together with PSG’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic (30 goals).
And then, someone dived. During Napoli’s 3-1 defeat to Udinese, Udinese midfielder Felipe decided to take a tumble, after the faintest of brushes against Higuain’s foot. The referee awarded Higuain a second yellow card. All hell broke loose. The Argentinian was so angry that during the post-match interview, he claimed that the Serie A was fixed for league-leaders Juventus.
“I’m frustrated and upset. I suspected it before but today proves Serie A is fixed for Juve.”
I’ve watched the replay and highlights a few times and if I were Higuain, I would also be mad as hell. Some say that he shouldn’t have laid his hands on the referee and his own club officials — that was going too far. But I can completely understand the emotions going through his head. It’s exactly what I’ve experienced in the past.
When you play with all your heart and soul, when you put in all of your might, skill, and passion… only for it to become undone due to one moment of pure bullshit.
Keep raging, Gonzalo. The fire that burns inside is what makes us human.