Gonzalo Higuain has revealed that Real Madrid's decision to sign Karim Benzema and Kaka initially frustrated especially since they were signed in a season that saw him finish as the club's top scorer.
Higuain now plays for Inter Miami but was a part of Madrid's team from 2007 to 2013 and eventually left for Napoli, after having scored 121 goals for Los Blancos. However, the Argentine has revealed that he was disappointed when Benzema and Kaka signed for Madrid, admitting it left him worrying for his spot in the squad.
He told ESPN Futbol 360: "With Benzema it was a very healthy competition, but we had to do our best. The year Cristiano arrived, he scored 27 goals (sic) and I scored 26 (sic). The next transfer window (sic) they brought in Kaka and Benzema.
"That's when I said: 'how many goals do I have to score?' Karim came in and he brought out the best version of me and I brought out the best version of him. He's a tremendous number nine."
Higuain struggled with injuries during the 2010-11 season, but bounced back the next season to score 22 league goals, helping Madrid to the LaLiga title once again. Talking about his time with the Spanish giants, the 33-year-old added: "I wasn't going to go to the first team of Real Madrid. They bought me and they were going to keep me at Castilla. There was the possibility of going on loan as well.
"My dad told me on the plane: 'The only thing I'm going to ask you is not to be afraid. Never be afraid, but be respectful...' and that phrase stayed with me.
"When I arrived, I trained with the first team and in the second training session [Fabio] Capello told me: 'You're staying with us'. Three or four days later I made my debut as a starter in the Copa del Rey. I ended up playing on the right wing."