Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri believes ex-Real Madrid frontman Gonzalo Higuain can become the best player in the world.
The Argentinean international netted his seventh goal in nine games this weekend as Napoli won 1-0 against Chievo to move second in the Seria A table.
And speaking afterwards, Sarri, who replaced Rafa Benitez in the hotseat in the summer after his switch to the Santiago Bernabeu, said Higuain has what it takes to be the very best.
“I was honest with him and told him as soon as I had him in pre-season that, for me, he could be the best striker in the world if he can exploit his full potential,” Sarri said.
And he added: “He’s a good guy and a smart player and is working fine. Our relationship is direct and honest and I’m glad he’s doing well, although I always have the belief that he can still improve and get that 10 per cent more out of his great talent.
“But the willingness Gonzalo has shown me is the same that the whole squad is demonstrating and I thank them for their application so far.”
Higuain spent seven years in the Spanish capital, scoring 122 goals in 264 games before leaving for Napoli in 2013.