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Gonzalo Higuain compares Juventus teammate to Lionel Messi

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Gonzalo Higuain has settled in nicely at Juventus since his club-record move from Napoli. The Argentine forward has continued to bag goals on the regular. He currently has 13 for Juventus in all competitions and is on course to win his first Serie A title. For Juventus, it will be a sixth in succession. Boring, boring Serie A.

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The 29-year-old hitman spoke to Premium Sport recently about his first few months with the Old Lady. More interestingly, he spoke about who he considers to be the best forward ever and the toughest defender he’s ever faced. As you might expect, he named the best of the best.

Speaking about his heroes growing up, Higuain said: “When I was a child I used to watch many Serie A games. There were strikers like Trezeguet, Batistuta, Crespo and Montella but also the best striker of all time to me: Ronaldo.”

“At the moment Suarez is doing so well, he’s improved a lot and he’s a better striker than when he was at Liverpool. Lewandowski is also a top player and Aguero too. I prefer entertaining players to those who score goals.”

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He then went on to compare a current teammate to one of the greatest players of all time: “Dybala is similar to Messi. Messi is the best and he’s proving it day by day. Paulo is still young and his future is up to him.

“In order to become a top player, one has to be mentally very strong. There will be highs and lows, he must remain balanced, do not listen to either praises or criticisms.”

To finish off the chat, Higuain, a striker who’s played for some of the world’s best clubs, named his hardest opponent. It goes back to his Clasico days: “The toughest defender I’ve ever faced is Puyol.

“When I was playing against Barcelona he was intolerable. As for goalkeepers I’ve played with three of the best out there: Buffon, Casillas and Reina. Score a goal to Buffon is a double challenge because he’s an amazing keeper. I admire Gigi a lot because he has the same hunger of when he was young.”

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