Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain revealed he had an emotional departure from former club Real Madrid.
The Spanish giants signed the then 18-year-old Argentine from River Plate for a mere €12 million in 2006, with his career at Madrid resulting in 122 goals from 246 total appearances, three La Liga titles and the Copa Del Rey.
After seven decorated years at the Santiago Bernabéu, Higuain says that he had to shed a tear when he initially left for Napoli in 2013.
“Football has made me cry with both joy and sadness,” he told the media.
“When I had to leave the [Estadio Santiago] Bernabeu, of course I cried.
“It was the same when I left Napoli. I always hold a great affection for the places I’ve played and when I had to leave both clubs it was a very sad time.”
The Bianconeri clash with Real Madrid’s La Liga rivals Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday morning and Higuain says his teammates are ready to do whatever is necessary to win the quarter-final tie.
“Everybody knows how much I love Madrid but now I’m playing for Juventus,” he added.
“It will be a special game because we can eliminate a big rival and that would give us a lot of confidence for what is ahead.
“For many years, Barcelona have been at the very top of the elite but we are well prepared to face them.
“We trust in ourselves and are convinced we can advance because we are ready to fight until the death in both games.”