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Can football’s biggest bottle job finally hold his nerve against his former club?

Gonzalo Higuain has consistently blown his chances on big occasions before... so can he down Real Madrid?

The peculiar case of Gonzalo Higuain.

One of the most fearsome strikers in world football for the last decade, yes, but a perennial bottle job?


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Time to step up, Gonzalo?

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Time to step up, Gonzalo?

To an extent, also yes.

Because Higuain certainly isn’t the man for the big occasion.

In more than one high profile clash, including horribly in the 2014 World Cup final against Germany, Higuain has fluffed his lines when handed golden opportunities.

Dry your eyes mate

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Dry your eyes mate

In fact, some ardent Lionel Messi advocates hold Higuain solely responsible for their man never winning an international trophy with Argentina.

But could that all change tonight?

Higuain and his Juventus side face Real Madrid in the Champions League in a repeat of last season’s final in Cardiff.

A Welsh rout

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A Welsh rout

Real won that game comprehensively 4-1 but Juve are out to exact revenge after squeezing past Spurs in the last round.

And for Higuain the occasion is even more momentous as he aims to stick a dagger to the hearts of his former employers.

Why Higuain can shine against Real

Higuain was a divisive character in Madrid

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Higuain was a divisive character in Madrid

Juve’s club-record signing scored home and away against Spurs and has 22 goals in all competitions this season.

Alongside Paulo Dybala and Douglas Costa, Higuain can cause the Real defence real problems as the Italians hope to go one better than last season.

So can he silence his doubters with a big performance against his old side?

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