Wednesday, 22 May 2019 | 06:12 WIB

Gonzalo Higuain Retires from Argentina National Team

Gonzalo Higuain Retires from Argentina National Team (soccer)

LONDON, NETRALNEWS.COM - Chelsea striker Gonzalo Higuain has decided to retire from the Argentina national team, after his performance with La Albiceleste was never empty of criticism.

"My cycle with the national team is over, now I will only watch from outside the field, for the joy of many people," Higuain said in an interview session with Fox Sports, as reported by Reuters on Friday morning.

"I have spoken with coach Lionel Scaloni and expressed my views. The decision is unanimous, this is the best for me," he added.

Higuain's career at the club level was far more brilliant than every time he performed with Argentina, in which he was always bombarded with criticism.

He had failed to take advantage of goal-scoring opportunities in the 2014 World Cup final, in which Argentina finally lost 0-1 to Germany through extra time.

The same thing happened in the 2015 American Cup final against Chile, plus his failure as a penalty taker in a penalty shootout which made Argentina lose 1-4.

Higuain was also considered to have been a disappointment when playing for Argentina in the century edition of the American Cup in 2016, and his team again lost on penalties.

However, Higuain defended himself by reminding of the only single goal he scored against Belgium to record a victory in the 2014 World Cup quarter-finals.

"People remember my failures rather than my goals. I am sure everyone cheered celebrating my goal against Belgium," Higuain said, as quoted by Antara on Friday (03/29/2019).

"When you make blind criticism it hurts a lot of people. I realized how my family suffered because of that criticism, even though I always gave the best for the national team," he added.

The match against Nigeria in the Group D 2018 World Cup qualifier became Higuain's final appearance with Argentina. He has scored 31 goals in 75 matches.