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When he first signed for the Turin side, the Argentine was criticised for being out of shape - but now he faces very different accusations

Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain has been forced into a defence of his physique – not because he is out of shape but because of his ripped stomach, with some questioning whether a photo posted on his Instagram account is real.

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The Argentine striker, who signed for Juve from Napoli in the summer for a club record fee of €90 million, was criticised for being out of shape when he arrived in Turin. Now, though, he is a very different beast and showed off his abs on social media after a training session during the winter break. 

“I didn’t use Photoshop, but it made me laugh to think that some people thought I did,” he said in the aftermath of Sunday’s victory over Bologna, during which he bagged a double.

“I try to repay the trust of Juventus in every game, as the club did everything to sign me.

“Is there pressure having signed for €90 million? I tried to forget about it as soon as I joined the club and I tried to prove to the management that they did the right thing. Sometimes I think about it, but it does not bother me.”

Higuain has scored 15 times in 24 outings for Juve since the start of the season.

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