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Inter Miami’s Gonzalo Higuain calls out fan abuse, says it ‘claims lives’

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Inter Miami striker Gonzalo Higuain called out fan abuse in an interview with ESPN and said insults and bullying “take lives.”

Higuain faced heavy criticism when playing for the Argentina national team and was part of the team that lost three consecutive finals from 2014-2016.

The striker retired from his international role in 2018, saying the decision would be “to make a lot of people happy” in his home country. The 34-year-old former Real Madrid, Juventus and Napoli player said he’s not ready to turn the other cheek into cash anymore.

“We have to be more aware of the harm that insults can cause, because sometimes it’s irreparable and people don’t even realize it,” Higuain told ESPN.

“I’ve been laying my head down for 15 years in the face of insults, personally they’ve never said anything to me, and there comes a point where I can’t bear to put my head down anymore.

“Why don’t we have the right to respond? And why does a non-famous person have the right to do that? Because we play football – some make more money, some don’t, and we all deserve respect.

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“If you are going to criticize me, accept me, and if you are not, do not criticize me. Accept that I will respond. I am tired of being silent and not responding to insults. If it happened to me personally, I would not tolerate any more disrespect, even less in front of my family” .

Higuain said the birth of his daughter helped him shake off the insults but added that not many appreciate the hardships he went through.

Higuain added: “People don’t realize that you had three setbacks with Argentina, my mother died and on top of that they subject you to a lot of insults.”

“At the moment it has affected me and with time I don’t see it like that, but we have to give it importance because it causes almost irreparable damage.

“What pisses me off about memes is that they have become normal and this is something as common as going to the supermarket causing irreparable damage. Something has been normalized that is taking people’s lives.”

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