Higuain plays down importance of Juve clash

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Napoli forward Gonzalo Higuain’s burgeoning reputation as one of the world’s best strikers is increasing every week, with the Argentine netting his 24th league goal of the season.

The former Real Madrid forward is currently leading the top scorers charts in Serie A with an incredible ratio of one goal per game and his comparison with club legend Diego Maradona is becoming more apparent in Naples.

His goals have not only propelled Partenopei to the summit of the league but after scoring in his sixth consecutive game, he equaled El Pibe de Oro’s record from the 1987/88 season.

After reaching the milestone, the 28-year old said that he’s fully focused on helping Napoli win the league but claimed that this weekend’s top-of-the-table clash against champions Juventus won’t be a Scudetto decider.

“I’m very happy regarding the record but it was a lot more important to win today,” Higuain said in the post-match interview.

“Now we have to prepare for next weekend when we go to the Juventus Stadium. It won’t be decisive, though, it’ll simply be another game in our season.

“Of course, I expect Juve to be a tough challenge. I don’t know if beating them will be a real turning point but it would definitely please us all.

“Although it’d be pointless to beat them and not win anything at the end of the season.”

After scoring 24 goals in as many games, Higuain will be hoping to sustain his form and surpass AC Milan legend Gunnar Nordahl’s 66-year-old record of 35 goals in one Serie A season.