Gonzalo Higuain announces Argentina retirement

Chelsea striker Gonzalo Higuain retired from Argentina with immediate effect, finishing a turbulent international career with three losses in the final. "My cycle with the national team is over, I now see things from the outside, to the delight of many people," said Higuain in an interview with Fox Sports on Thursday.



"I spoke to (Argentina coach Lionel) Scaloni and I explained to him my point of view, the decision was made, which is what suits me best." The 31-year-old played 75 games with Argentina, scoring 31 goals. His last appearance was a 2-1 victory over Nigeria at the 2018 World Cup.

Higuain, who had been loaned by AC Milan last January to Chelsea, began his career at River Plate and has since played for Real Madrid, Napoli and Juventus. However, he had to be sharply criticized for his performances with Argentina.

The striker missed a clear opportunity to open the scoring in the 2014 World Cup final, which Argentina lost to Germany. He also dismissed a chance in the 2015 Copa America against Chile final and missed a shot at goal in the team's loss.

He also had a disappointing performance in the 2016 Copa América Centenario final against Chile, where his team also lost on penalties. Higuain defended his performances for his country and scored his goal in the 1-0 win over Belgium in the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup.

"People remember the goals that I could not and not the ones I scored, and I'm sure everyone celebrates the goal against Belgium," he said.

"When you criticize someone maliciously, you hurt everyone, I saw how much my family suffered, but I gave everything for the national team.

"It's one thing to say that the national team did not achieve our goals, but in case of failure, it's very difficult."

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