Gonzalo Higuain: Real Madrid's Unsung Hero Last Year

Khalid KhanCorrespondent IJune 23, 2009

SANTANDER, SPAIN - APRIL 20:  Gonzalo Higuain of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring Real's second goal during the La Liga match between Racing Santander and Real Madrid at the El Sardinero stadium on April 20, 2008 in Santander, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

If there was one man that played with commitment, hard work, intensity and humility last season at Real Madrid then Gonzalez Higuain would arguably stand out amongst his club colleagues.

When he moved from River Plate in 2007 he didn’t perform much until last season and what an incredible season it was for him. Not only did he prove himself to be a top striker with his destructive speed and skills but he was also good on the wing.

There are rumors floating around, shaky perhaps, that Real Madrid has offered Higuain to Inter Milan as cash plus player offer for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. It would be totally ludicrous, if it happens, to sell an excellent young performer and a top prospect for the future.

And for whom? Ibrahimovic, who despite his enormous talent has a reputation of under-performing in big matches especially in Champions League.

However, there still might be a possibility of him being sold. Recently, when the new Real Madrid kits became available, shirts of only three players were on sale. Higuain’s was not one of them.

Selling performers for cheap and buying big stars for expensive fees doesn’t seem like a good business deal. It shows disrespect to the player and devilishly insatiable hunger on the part of the club to achieve/buy quick success.

It may also suggest that Real Madrid has not learned its lesson from the Robinho episode of last season when he was alienated by being linked in a cash plus player move for Cristaino Ronaldo. Robinho subsequently moved to Manchester City.

Higuain may not be a Galactico, but he deserves a place at Real Madrid because he has earned it through his performance.