Higuain’s horrendous scoring record in major finals

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The Juventus and Argentina attacker goes into Saturday's Champions League showdown with Real Madrid looking to end a most ignominious record


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Gonzalo Higuain has long been ridiculed for his inability to score in the biggest games. Indeed, the Argentina international even threatened to rip the head off one supporter who brought up his missed penalty in the 2015 Copa America final.

The Juventus striker will, therefore, be determined to leave his mark on Saturday's Champions League showdown with Real Madrid in Cardiff.

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Indeed, while Higuain has won four domestic titles (three in Spain with Real and one in Italy with his current employers), the 29-year-old has never actually netted in a major final.

Higuain picked up a Copa del Rey winners' medal in 2011, when Jose Mourinho's men defeated Barcelona thanks an an extra-time goal from Cristiano Ronaldo, but the River Plate product never actually got off the bench at Mestalla.

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Gonzalo Higuain Argentina

After a €39 million move to Napoli in the summer of 2013, Higuain lifted the Coppa Italia at the end of his first season at the San Paolo but he did not get on the scoresheet in the tournament decider despite playing 70 minutes of the Partenopei's 3-1 defeat of Fiorentina in Rome.

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Just six weeks later, Higuain was made the principal scapegoat for Argentina's devastating 1-0 extra-time loss to Germany in the final of the World Cup in Rio, with the forward having missed a glorious chance to open the scoring during the first half before then having a goal ruled out for offside just before the break.

'El Pipita' and the Albiceleste were offered a shot at redemption 12 months later when they faced Chile in the final of the 2015 Copa America.

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Gonzalo Higuain Argentina

Gonzalo Higuain Argentina

Again, though, Higuain suffered heartbreak. Having started on the bench, he was introduced in place of Sergio Aguero in the 74th minute and, with just seconds of normal time remaining, had the chance to win the cup for Argentina only to shoot into the side-netting after a great run from Lionel Messi and low cross from Ezequiel Lavezzi.

Things then went from bad to worse for Higuain when he missed Argentina's second penalty during their 4-1 shootout defeat, blazing the ball over the bar.

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History repeated itself in 2016 when the Albiceleste were again beaten on penalties by Chile in the final of a special, centenary edition of the Copa America.

Once more, the finger of blame was pointed at Higuain, who had dinked his shot wide after finding himself clean through on goal in the 23rd minute.

Gonzalo Higuain Argentina

At least Higuain's latest cup final appearance ended in triumph, with Juventus beating Lazio 2-0 at the Stadio Olimpico last month, but it is worth noting that he again proved profligate when it mattered most.

Higuain shot straight at Thomas Strakosha after being picked out inside the six-yard box by Dani Alves in the first half, while he also fluffed a great chance to put the result beyond all doubt in the closing stages.

Both Higuain and Juve will, thus, be desperately paying that if a big chance comes the attacker's way in this weekend’s final at the Millennium Stadium, the €90m man will finally take it.

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