Inter Miami CF forward Gonzalo Higuain said he thought Major League Soccer would be easy enough to play with a “cigarette” in his mouth.
The Argentine forward, who has four goals in seven league games this season, said he has been surprised by MLS’s competitiveness, comparing it to Serie A in Italy.
Speaking on Christian Vieri’s Twitch channel Bobo TV, Higuaín said: “I thought I would come here and play with a cigarette in my mouth and instead it’s difficult.
“It’s a tough league. I learned that it’s similar to Italian football. In Spain and England it’s easier to do well, while in Italy, if you don’t know the league, you suffer.”
Higuaín joined Inter Miami from Juventus in 2020 after scoring eight goals in 32 games for the Italian giants in his final season in Serie A.
The forward said he decided to leave Juventus after receiving advice from club legend Gianluigi Buffon.
“I couldn’t find the proper determination and serenity outside of football,” Higuain added on why he left Serie A. “He had nothing else to give.
“A great friend of mine like Buffon told me: ‘If you no longer feel that fire inside in training, if you no longer feel the determination to be at high levels, you have to go.’
“Soccer gave me a lot, but it was time to say enough and find joy, fun and new soccer in a city that surprised me because it was wonderful.”
Inter Miami, which is ranked 11th in the Eastern Conference, will face DC United in MLS on Sunday.