Juventus has already won five straight Serie A titles, and they don’t seem interested in stopping there as they shelled out £75 million for Gonzalo Higuain, making him the third most expensive player in history behind Real Madrid’s signings of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 28-year-old Argentine striker was the standout player of the season, as he finished the campaign with 36 league goals, equalling the all-time Serie A record set by Gino Rossetti back in 1928/29. He became the first player in the league in a decade to score over 30 league goals, and he led Napoli to a second placed finish.
But despite Higuain’s heroics, Napoli ended the season nine points behind Juventus, who kicked things into high gear after an uncharacteristic slow start to the season. After only picking up three wins in the opening 10 games, the champions went on an incredible run, winning 15 straight matches and only dropping four points in the final 28 games.
Paulo Dybala led the team in scoring with 19 league goals, and a total of 23 goals in all competitions. He was followed by Mario Mandzukic and Alvaro Morata. With Real Madrid opting to use their buyback clause on Morata, there was a striker position open, and they filled it with the best striker in the league. Higuain now has his sights set on winning the Champions League with his new club.
“I’m experiencing some beautiful feelings today,” Higuain said after the deal was finalized. “I’m glad to be here and I hope we have a great season. We have the basic ingredients, a great club and a great team, and we hope to make the fans happy.
“The Champions League? Hopefully, hopefully. The important thing now is to work and stay calm, and to reach the start of the season in the best possible shape.”
Higuain also admitted that he’s excited to play with fellow Argentine Dybala.
“I already knew him before I came here, from the national team. We’re friends and I’m happy to be here with him,” Higuain said.
“He told me that Juve is a great team and a great family and I’ll get along well here.”
Together they could become an absolute devastating duo for “La Vecchia Signora” and give them an excellent chance of making a push in the Champions League. Higuain is turning 29 later this year, so Juventus won’t see any return of their investment. But his resale value isn’t really an issue for the club, as they have the capital, and could be seeing a huge influx of cash of they end up selling midfielder Paul Pogba to Manchester United. Higuain brings a lot of experience and is a perfect role model for the younger players like Dybala.
By signing Higuain, Juventus also made one of their biggest competitors a lot less threatening on paper. Behind Higuain, the second best goalscorer at Napoli last season was Lorenzo Insigne who ended the season with 12 league goals.
Inter Milan and AC Milan both have new owners, but it might take a while before they can seriously challenge Juventus again at the top of the table. The defending champions will once again be the runaway favorite to win the title, which would be a record-setting sixth championship in a row.
Much like PSG in France, Juventus is dominating the domestic league, and the goal now is to challenge the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich for the European crown in the Champions League. And with Higuain in the mix, Juve’s chances just got a whole lot better.