Few would have questioned Gonzalo Higuain’s place in the Argentina side before Brazil 2014, though all that changed with the clear-cut chance he missed in the Final against Germany.
The subject of much criticism afterwards, Higuain was the target of further ire following the defeats to Chile in the 2015 and 2016 Copa America finals.
Receiving staunch support from his team-mates, Pipita has never let his head drop, not even after losing his starting place midway through the qualifiers for Russia 2018, following a return of only one goal in nine matches.
While his replacements failed to make the most of their opportunity, Higuain showed with Serie A giants Juventus that his goalscoring instincts remained intact, helping him to regain the confidence of Jorge Sampaoli. The striker is now looking to have the last word in Russia.