Argentina’s striker, Gonzalo Higuain has announced on Thursday that he would retire from international football with his South American country.
The 31-year-old Chelsea player, who is on a loan from Juventus made 75 appearances and scored 31 goals for Argentina. His last engagement for the Albiceleste was in the FIFA World Cup in Russia, where they narrowly won 2-1 against Nigeria.
Although Higuain insisted his decision to quit international football was borne out of family grounds, it is hardly a secret that the Argentine national team has been recently a shadow of its former self. Their recent performance, including during the last World Cup, clearly reveals the problems facing the team as well as the frustration of the players. It is equally rumoured that Argentine captain and talisman, Lionel Messi is considering seriously quitting the international engagement as well and concentrate fully on his club FC Barcelona. Many believe the decision of Gonzalo Higuain to stop with international football may not be unconnected with the recent form of the national team.
“My time with Argentina is over. Thinking things through in-depth, my time is up. I’ve made the decision because I want to enjoy my family, I want to spend time with my daughter, and at the same time, I feel that I gave my country everything I could.”
Higuain who confirmed that he had made his decision known to the manager Lionel Scaloni, reiterated his full commitment to his new club Chelsea.